Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.11%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.11%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Banking , Insurance and Steel sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (TYO: 7003 ), which rose 5.34% or 29.00 points to trade at 572.00 at the close. Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3382 ) added 5.31% or 292.00 points to end at 5,787.00 and Trend Micro Inc. (TYO: 4704 ) was up 4.51% or 339.00 points to 7,853.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Rakuten Inc (TYO: 4755 ), which lost 4.39% or 25.70 points to trade at 560.00 in late trade. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (TYO: 6976 ) declined 3.63% or 139.00 points to end at 3,695.00 and CyberAgent Inc (TYO: 4751 ) shed 3.11% or 27.80 points to 866.80.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2113 to 1519 and 240 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.70% to 17.05.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.14% or 0.11 to $75.85 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.32% or 0.26 to hit $80.60 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 3.20 to trade at $2,041.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 148.07, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 161.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 103.28.

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