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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.49%

Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.49% – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Steel, Power and Marine Transport sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.49%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (TYO:5233), which rose 6.77% or 132.00 points to trade at 2,082.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (TYO:5232) added 5.98% or 195.00 points to end at 3,455.00 and SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (TYO:9412) was up 3.51% or 17.00 points to 502.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO:7735), which fell 4.76% or 560.00 points to trade at 11,200.00 at the close. Advantest Corp. (TYO:6857) declined 4.20% or 360.00 points to end at 8,210.00 and Kubota Corp. (TYO:6326) was down 4.16% or 106.50 points to 2,452.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2858 to 707 and 198 ended unchanged.

Shares in SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (TYO:9412) rose to 52-week highs; rising 3.51% or 17.00 to 502.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.01% to 20.22.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.67% or 0.81 to $120.70 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.67% or 0.83 to hit $122.24 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.20% or 3.70 to trade at $1,849.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.66% to 133.45, while EUR/JPY fell 0.46% to 141.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 103.09.


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