Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.18%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.18%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Precision Instruments , Shipbuilding and Insurance sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Trend Micro Inc. (T: 4704 ), which rose 10.44% or 570.0 points to trade at 6030.0 at the close. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9502 ) added 6.52% or 84.0 points to end at 1373.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) was up 6.04% or 67.0 points to 1176.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ebara Corp. (T: 6361 ), which lost 3.26% or 130.0 points to trade at 3855.0 in late trade. Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T: 2501 ) declined 2.81% or 90.0 points to end at 3110.0 and Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) shed 1.59% or 5.0 points to 309.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2794 to 606 and 161 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 15.49% to 25.37.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.23% or 0.14 to $61.48 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.34% or 0.22 to hit $64.55 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.42% or 5.70 to trade at $1361.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.23% to 105.88, while EUR/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 132.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 88.30.

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