Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.39%

Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.39%

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Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp, Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.39%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Toyota Motor Corp (T:7203), which rose 4.55% or 340.0 points to trade at 7820.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Showa Denko K.K. (T:4004) added 4.49% or 97.0 points to end at 2257.0 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) was up 3.92% or 88.5 points to 2345.5 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Softbank Group Corp. (T:9984), which fell 4.73% or 393.0 points to trade at 7913.0 at the close. Asahi Kasei Corp. (T:) declined 4.05% or 43.0 points to end at 1020.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was down 3.52% or 70.0 points to 1916.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2272 to 1208 and 227 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) rose to 3-years highs; rising 3.92% or 88.5 to 2345.5.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.48 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.79% or 0.37 to $47.15 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.70% or 0.35 to hit $50.60 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.35 to trade at $1837.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.15% to 104.05, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 126.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 90.715.

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