Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.84%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.84%
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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 declined 2.84%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (T: 9531 ), which rose 3.77% or 89.0 points to trade at 2447.0 at the close. Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) added 1.82% or 49.0 points to end at 2735.0 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) was up 1.67% or 7.0 points to 426.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ), which lost 9.09% or 172.0 points to trade at 1721.0 in late trade. Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9009 ) declined 9.05% or 295.0 points to end at 2965.0 and Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) shed 8.01% or 90.0 points to 1033.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2921 to 713 and 134 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 31.39 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 1.43% or 0.27 to $19.11 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.26% or 0.07 to hit $26.41 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.91% or 15.40 to trade at $1678.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 107.03, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 117.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 99.155.

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