Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.07%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.07%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Precision Instruments , Transport and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.07% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which rose 6.88% or 131.0 points to trade at 2035.0 at the close. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ) added 5.79% or 218.0 points to end at 3985.0 and Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ) was up 5.16% or 83.0 points to 1692.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ), which lost 10.10% or 190.0 points to trade at 1691.0 in late trade. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5202 ) declined 9.48% or 93.0 points to end at 888.0 and Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ) shed 8.08% or 405.0 points to 4605.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2064 to 1450 and 192 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 6.59% to 18.86 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.06% or 0.03 to $53.76 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.12% or 0.07 to hit $60.91 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.15% or 1.95 to trade at $1323.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 108.95, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 124.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.00% at 95.308.

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