Short-covering in post-quake losers lifts Nikkei on thin volume

 TOKYO, April 7 (Reuters) - Short-covering in energy and
domestic-demand stocks gave the Nikkei a gentle nudge higher
after two days of declines on Thursday, but trade thinned out
with investors jittery ahead of earnings announcements.	
 Market players said the market is poised for a gradual slide
over the next few months as some firms enter the first earnings
season since last month's quake unwilling to give forecasts for
this financial year amid power shortages, lost production and
little progress by Tokyo Electric in bringing its crippled
nuclear plant under control.[ID:nL3E7F7015]	
 Japan's benchmark Nikkei average closed up 0.1
percent, or 6.56 points, at 9,590.93 on Thursday, while the
broader Topix gained 0.2 percent to 841.10.	
 	
	
 (Reporting by Anotni Slodkowski; Editing by Joseph Radford)	
 

Short-covering in post-quake losers lifts Nikkei on thin volume