Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.55%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.55%
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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 2.55% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ), which rose 5.87% or 1380.0 points to trade at 24895.0 at the close. Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ) added 5.38% or 220.0 points to end at 4310.0 and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T: 4021 ) was up 5.27% or 240.0 points to 4795.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which lost 1.57% or 7.0 points to trade at 438.0 in late trade. Fujitsu Ltd. (T: 6702 ) declined 0.64% or 65.0 points to end at 10055.0 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ) shed 0.49% or 15.0 points to 3025.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2255 to 1320 and 212 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 15.93.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.56% or 0.33 to $59.51 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.72% or 0.46 to hit $64.66 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.35 to trade at $1470.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.30% to 109.61, while EUR/JPY rose 0.62% to 122.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.50% at 96.900.

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