Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.92%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.92%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Precision Instruments , Insurance and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.92% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO: 9107 ), which rose 8.32% or 595.00 points to trade at 7,748.00 at the close. Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO: 5631 ) added 6.18% or 168.50 points to end at 2,896.00 and Renesas Electronics Corp (TYO: 6723 ) was up 5.48% or 134.50 points to 2,589.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (TYO: 4506 ), which lost 2.69% or 10.00 points to trade at 362.00 in late trade. LY Corp (TYO: 4689 ) declined 2.64% or 10.90 points to end at 402.00 and Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (TYO: 2501 ) shed 2.59% or 171.00 points to 6,421.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2092 to 1565 and 228 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.05% to 19.23.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.38% or 0.30 to $78.56 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.45% or 0.37 to hit $82.28 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.06% or 1.15 to trade at $2,055.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.29% to 150.41, while EUR/JPY rose 0.35% to 162.62.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 104.08.

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