Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.18%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.18%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.18% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which rose 9.10% or 207.0 points to trade at 2482.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 8.03% or 570.0 points to end at 7670.0 and Ebara Corp. (T: 6361 ) was up 4.65% or 138.0 points to 3105.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ), which lost 3.12% or 277.0 points to trade at 8590.0 in late trade. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ) declined 2.85% or 155.0 points to end at 5290.0 and Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (T: 4901 ) shed 2.84% or 135.0 points to 4618.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1816 to 1680 and 251 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 15.45 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.09% or 0.05 to $53.98 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December fell 0.35% or 0.21 to hit $59.70 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 6.25 to trade at $1492.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.03% to 108.62, while EUR/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 120.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.322.

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