Japanese stocks take their cue for their U.S. counterparts to trade lower today. The Nikkei Average is down 0.9% to 14,909.21. Tech-sector blue chips were among the leading decliners: Advantest (ATE -2.9%), Pioneer (PNCOY.PK -4.9%), Sony (SNE -3%) and Nintendo (NTDOY.PK -1.9%). lower. Other blue-chip losers Nomura (NMR -2%) and Sharp (SHCAY.PK -4%).