The Latest: Asian shares trend lower ahead of US jobs report

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TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on Financial Markets (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Asian markets were mostly lower in nervous trading Friday ahead of a closely watched U.S. jobs-report that may influence interest rate decisions and the value of the U.S. dollar.

Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.3 percent to 16,106.72 as Tokyo resumed trading after the three-day “Golden Week” national holidays. Australia’s SP/ASX 200 edged 0.3 percent higher to 5,358.60, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index slipped 1.2 percent to 20,194.84. The Shanghai Composite sank 1.8 percent to 2,945.08. Markets were closed in South Korea for a national holiday.

Markets are focusing on the U.S. jobs report for April, due out later in the day, that is expected to show jobs grew by 200,000 last month while the unemployment rate stayed at 5 percent.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil lost 33 cents to $43.99 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was down 29 cents at $44.72 a barrel in London.

The euro fell to $1.1415 from $1.1490 and the dollar fell to 107.07 yen from 107.10 yen.

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