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Sharesin Asia mixed ahead of non-farm payrolls, Nikkei 225 down

© Reuters. Asian shares mixed ahead of non-farm payrolls - Asian shares were mixed with Shanghai gaining slightly, but Tokyo down as attention shifts to the U.S. and jobs data.

The Nikkei 225 edged won after preliminary wages data rose 0.6% year-on-year, well below the expectations of a 2.3% gained 0.16%.

Investors were looking ahead to Friday's highly-anticipated jobs report for further indications on the strength of the economy and signs of a potential rate hike by the Federal Reserve this month.

Overnight, U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms, Consumer Goods and Utilities sectors led shares higher while losses in...