TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares dipped on Thursday amid subdued trade after losses on Wall Street and some profit-taking ahead of a long Easter weekend.

FILE PHOTO: A man looks at an electronic board showing the Nikkei stock index outside a brokerage in Tokyo, Japan, January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

European shares were set open lower, with Frankfurt’s DAX futures off a quarter of a percent and London’s FTSE futures down a fifth of a percent. E-Mini futures for the S&P 500 gave up 0.25 percent.

MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.4 percent, reversing course after brushing its highest since late July 2018 early in the trading session.

Australian shares were a shade lower while Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.8 percent and