REFILE-Nikkei to trade in tight band, trading houses to gain

 (Corrects dateline to ... April 5, ... from ... April 4)	
 TOKYO, April 5 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei may trade in a
narrow range for a third day on Tuesday, with resource-related
shares seen climbing on the back of surging commodity prices,
while chipmakers will probably extend their post-quake drops,
tracking losses sustained by their U.S. peers the day before.	
 The Nikkei approached its 200-day moving average at 9,822 in
the last two sessions, but that level and the 9,800 line proved
too stiff a resistance for a market troubled by lingering
uncertainty over the exact impact of the massive earthquake on
March 11.	
 Although it has recovered more than two-thirds of the ground
lost during its steep tumble in the aftermath of the disaster,
the Nikkei remains nearly 7 percent below its pre-quake levels
and market players say the rapid rebound has likely run its
 "I wouldn't be surprised if the Nikkei starts coming off the
recent levels around the third week of April, after Intel's
earnings are out. If they're weak, they may push the Nikkei
lower," said Takashi Hiroki, chief strategist at Monex
 Most analysts predict the Nikkei may fall in mid-May, when
Japanese firms release their results for the first quarter of
the current financial year, revealing how much damage they
sustained after the quake.	
 Oil-related shares such as Japan's largest oil and gas
developer, Inpex Corp and trading houses like Mitsui &
Co are set to extend gains after oil prices rose to
their highest since 2008 on Monday on supply concerns. 	
 Chipmakers such as Elpida Memory Inc may slip after
the Philadelphia semiconductor index fell 0.9 percent. It
has lost 2.9 percent over the past four days. 	
Nomura Securities maintained a neutral view on U.S.
semiconductor stocks, citing weakened demand, peak gross margins
and higher capital spending in the sector.	
The Nikkei is expected to trade between 9,700 and
9,800 on Tuesday after ending up 0.1 percent at 9,718.89 on
 Nikkei futures in Chicago (2NKc1: Quote, Profile, Research) rose to 9,745 up 35 points
from the Osaka close (JNIc1: Quote, Profile, Research) of 9,710.
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