Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.15%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.15%
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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 added 3.15% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ), which rose 8.49% or 137.0 points to trade at 1751.0 at the close. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) added 8.39% or 135.0 points to end at 1744.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ) was up 8.37% or 160.0 points to 2072.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included East Japan Railway Co. (T: 9020 ), which lost 2.21% or 184.0 points to trade at 8156.0 in late trade. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (T: 9432 ) declined 2.10% or 55.0 points to end at 2568.0 and Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (T: 4901 ) shed 2.00% or 109.0 points to 5336.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2067 to 1523 and 181 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 36.26 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 7.35% or 1.46 to $18.41 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.07% or 0.02 to hit $27.80 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 1.14% or 19.75 to trade at $1711.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.23% to 107.69, while EUR/JPY fell 0.23% to 116.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 100.148.

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