LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Japanese stocks traded mildly lower in early Tuesday action, with techs tracking lower after an overnight drop in the Nasdaq but with most auto-maker shares firmer. The Nikkei Stock Average fell 0.1% to 9,465.99, with the Topix also 0.1% lower, as some tech majors pushed lower following Monday's U.S. losses for the likes of Google Inc. and Apple Inc. . Sony Corp. was among the leading losers, with a 1.8% drop, while Sharp Corp. fell 1%, and Advantest Corp. shed 0.9%. But shares of Toshiba Corp. were among the tech winners after a Nikkei news report saying its listed subsidiary Toshiba Tec Corp. would buy IBM Corp.'s point-of-sale terminal business. Shares of Toshiba Corp. rose 0.3%, while those of Toshiba Tec surged 7.8%. Gains for some car makers helped limit losses for the broader market, with Nissan Motor Co. up 1.1% and Toyota Motor Corp. ahead by 0.6%.
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