Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.36%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.36%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Mining , Shipbuilding and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ), which rose 4.71% or 16.5 points to trade at 366.5 at the close. Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 3382 ) added 4.34% or 193.0 points to end at 4637.0 and Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) was up 4.02% or 43.5 points to 1126.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which lost 1.96% or 155.0 points to trade at 7759.9 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 1.69% or 31.0 points to end at 1803.0 and The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (T: 5101 ) shed 1.13% or 24.0 points to 2108.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2165 to 898 and 286 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 9.30% to 19.87 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 1.61% or 0.83 to $52.53 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.42% or 0.78 to hit $55.67 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 1.05% or 13.15 to trade at $1266.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.22% to 110.57, while EUR/JPY fell 0.25% to 117.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 100.65.

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