Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.47%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.47%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Warehousing and Non-Metal Minerals sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.47%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sekisui House, Ltd. (T: 1928 ), which rose 4.88% or 88.0 points to trade at 1892.5 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 3.54% or 350.0 points to end at 10245.0 and Asahi Kasei Corp. (T: 3407 ) was up 3.51% or 46.0 points to 1357.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which lost 7.74% or 86.0 points to trade at 1025.5 in late trade. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7012 ) declined 4.36% or 155.0 points to end at 3402.5 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) shed 4.00% or 16.0 points to 384.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1859 to 1481 and 218 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 8.40% to 25.09.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.18% or 0.11 to $60.23 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.25% or 0.16 to hit $63.77 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.21% or 2.80 to trade at $1318.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.47% to 106.71, while EUR/JPY rose 0.49% to 131.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 90.15.

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