Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.55%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.55%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Banking and Shipbuilding sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Haseko Corp (T: 1808 ), which rose 3.90% or 60.00 points to trade at 1600.00 at the close. Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 9064 ) added 2.87% or 75.5 points to end at 2707.0 and Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T: 8804 ) was up 1.82% or 30.0 points to 1682.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which lost 3.39% or 59.0 points to trade at 1683.0 in late trade. TDK Corp. (T: 6762 ) declined 3.27% or 340.0 points to end at 10060.0 and Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ) shed 2.69% or 90.0 points to 3260.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2059 to 1304 and 198 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.33% to 21.08.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.08% or 0.05 to $61.24 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.06% or 0.04 to hit $65.16 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.05% or 0.60 to trade at $1318.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.64% to 105.66, while EUR/JPY fell 0.50% to 130.21.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 89.97.

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