Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.20%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.20%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ), which rose 4.85% or 107.0 points to trade at 2314.5 at the close. Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ) added 3.36% or 135.0 points to end at 4155.0 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) was up 2.89% or 10.0 points to 356.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ), which lost 3.40% or 3090.0 points to trade at 87890.0 in late trade. Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 3382 ) declined 2.53% or 112.0 points to end at 4312.0 and Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ) shed 2.40% or 121.0 points to 4928.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2071 to 1434 and 226 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.19 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.37% or 0.22 to $59.38 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.55% or 0.35 to hit $62.85 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.68% or 11.95 to trade at $1746.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.27% to 109.53, while EUR/JPY rose 0.08% to 130.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 92.300.

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