Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mazda Motor Corp (T: 7261 ), which rose 8.70% or 85.0 points to trade at 1062.0 at the close. Panasonic Corp (T: 6752 ) added 4.93% or 61.5 points to end at 1309.0 and Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ) was up 4.80% or 33.0 points to 721.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which lost 3.96% or 485.0 points to trade at 11765.0 in late trade. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) declined 1.34% or 70.0 points to end at 5160.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) shed 1.32% or 6.0 points to 448.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2532 to 981 and 255 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.39.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.19% or 0.14 to $73.44 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.17% or 0.13 to hit $75.69 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.30% or 5.35 to trade at $1782.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 110.78, while EUR/JPY rose 0.02% to 132.29.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 91.755.

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