Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.36%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.36%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ), which rose 5.22% or 75.0 points to trade at 1511.0 at the close. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) added 3.45% or 99.0 points to end at 2971.0 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) was up 3.13% or 64.0 points to 2109.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Japan Tobacco Inc (T: 2914 ), which lost 3.47% or 88.0 points to trade at 2450.0 in late trade. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) declined 2.74% or 31.0 points to end at 1101.0 and Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T: 4578 ) shed 2.74% or 137.0 points to 4869.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2475 to 1135 and 182 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.67.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.31% or 0.19 to $61.87 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.21% or 0.14 to hit $68.06 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.55 to trade at $1512.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 109.51, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 121.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 96.995.

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