Continue reading below. Stock closed mostly higher, helped by positive earnings at several big companies, including Apple and Caterpillar.
TOKYO--Tokyo stocks fell Friday as investors digested corporate earnings results but refrained from making large bets on the broader market.
Microsoft Corp's new chief executive Satya Nadella got off to a winning start as the world's largest software company eased past analysts' profit estimates.
General Motors squeezed out a small profit in the first three months of 2014 after setting aside $1.3 billion to cover the cost of recalls that followed a deadly ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths, the company reported Thursday.
The highly-volatile transportation sector often skews these results higher, including in March. Nondefense aircraft orders rose 8.6 percent for the month, boosting overall transportation orders by 4.0 percent.