Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.41%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.41%

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 1.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (T: 8354 ), which rose 6.36% or 144.0 points to trade at 2407.0 at the close. Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6178 ) added 4.48% or 47.0 points to end at 1095.0 and Honda Motor Co Ltd (T: 7267 ) was up 4.45% or 148.0 points to 3471.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ), which lost 6.10% or 5910.0 points to trade at 91020.0 in late trade. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) declined 3.98% or 290.0 points to end at 7000.0 and Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ) shed 3.66% or 260.0 points to 6850.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2167 to 1384 and 213 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.58 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.33% or 0.20 to $60.20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.28% or 0.18 to hit $63.46 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.62% or 10.75 to trade at $1743.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 108.75, while EUR/JPY fell 0.00% to 129.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 91.720.

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