Nikkei edges down as soft US data dent exporters
* Weak U.S. data take toll on exporters
* Automakers hardest hit, led by Nissan Motor and Toyota Motor
* Some traders suspect the market has bottomed out for now
By Joshua Hunt
TOKYO, March 29 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks edged down on Tuesday morning as weak data from the United States took some of the shine off recent evidence suggesting a reasonably healthy pulse in the world's biggest economy - Japan's major export market.
The Nikkei share average declined 0.2 percent to end the morning session at 17,106.54.
The smaller fall in the market was taken by some as a sign that the market may have bottomed out for now.
"The selling that we're seeing this morning has been pretty tepid," said Nicholas Smith, a strategist at CLSA.
"I think we're pretty much done with the serious downward pressure we've seen and it would be a fairly dangerous time to be short on the market with so many Japanese companies poised to announce share buybacks." Continuación...