Nikkei to move in tight band; weaker yen to support

 TOKYO, April 1 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei average is
expected to move in a narrow range on Friday as investors
refrain from trading actively ahead of U.S. payroll data, with
shares likely to be supported by a weaker yen against the
dollar.	
 Japanese shares could face slight selling pressure after
Wall Street stocks fell the previous day, but the market might
lack clear direction with investors wary about taking fresh
positions ahead of the weekend, after the Nikkei posted solid
gains over the last two sessions.	
 "Investors are expected to be more flexible after the start
of the new financial year from today, but for now the Nikkei is
expected to be trapped in a narrow range ahead of the weekend
and the U.S. jobs data," said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager at
SMBC Nikko Securities' equity marketing section.	
 "The market looks a bit overheated after seeing strong gains
this week, but thanks to the weaker yen there is no reason to
sell stocks strongly," Nishi said.	
 The dollar advanced to a fresh three-week high above 83.30
yen in early Asian trade on Friday. 	
 On Thursday, the Nikkei closed up 0.5 percent at
9,755.10. The broader Topix index rose 0.4 percent to
869.38.	
 Nikkei futures on Chicago (2NKc1: Quote, Profile, Research) rose to 9,735 from the
Osaka close (JNIc1: Quote, Profile, Research) of 9,710.	
 The Nikkei is expected to trade between 9,650 and 9,800 on
Friday.	
 The Nikkei is likely to face some resistance above 9,750,
where options-related sales are expected to emerge, analysts
said.	
 Technical resistance is also expected around the 200-day
moving average, which is currently at 9,820.
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