Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.36%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.36%
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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 2.36% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 6703 ), which rose 9.64% or 89.0 points to trade at 1012.0 at the close. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) added 7.68% or 48.0 points to end at 673.0 and Bridgestone Corp. (T: 5108 ) was up 5.97% or 205.0 points to 3637.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ), which lost 3.30% or 71.0 points to trade at 2081.0 in late trade. Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) declined 2.17% or 40.0 points to end at 1807.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) shed 2.11% or 49.0 points to 2271.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2619 to 942 and 182 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.72.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.87% or 0.44 to $51.27 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.92% or 0.50 to hit $54.88 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 4.15 to trade at $1909.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 103.89, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 127.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 89.817.

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