Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.23%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.23%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ), which rose 8.59% or 96.0 points to trade at 1213.0 at the close. Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 7762 ) added 7.47% or 29.0 points to end at 417.0 and Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) was up 4.55% or 93.0 points to 2137.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which lost 7.50% or 69.0 points to trade at 851.0 in late trade. Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) declined 6.34% or 334.0 points to end at 4931.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) shed 6.25% or 142.0 points to 2130.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1873 to 1645 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.23.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.57% or 1.00 to $64.83 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 1.75% or 1.17 to hit $67.91 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.29% or 4.85 to trade at $1695.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 108.24, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 129.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 91.763.

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