REFILE-Nikkei idles as investors await more blue-chip earnings; fret over China
(Refiles to fix typo in headline)
* Nikkei flat for the week, up 1.5 percent for the month
* Shippers, drugmakers scheduled to release earnings during market hours
* Fujifilm soars on share buyback plan
By Ayai Tomisawa
TOKYO, July 31 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average was little changed on Friday as investors awaited more earnings from blue-chip companies and looked for signs of whether China's volatile stock markets were starting to take a toll on its economy.
The Nikkei share average was flat at 20,526.84 points by mid-morning after traversing positive and negative territory. For the week, the index has been flat while it looks set for a gain of 1.5 percent for the month.
On Friday, shippers such as Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha are slated to report their April-June results during the market hours, along with drugmakers like Astellas Pharma Inc and Eisai Co .
The likes of Sharp Corp and Honda Motor Co will report results after the market close. Continuación...