Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Finance & Investment , Banking and Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9983 ), which rose 8.83% or 5,260.00 points to trade at 64,810.00 at the close. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5707 ) added 3.63% or 110.00 points to end at 3,140.00 and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO: 7012 ) was up 3.16% or 72.00 points to 2,347.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO: 8035 ), which lost 4.99% or 2,830.00 points to trade at 53,880.00 in late trade. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7735 ) declined 4.74% or 510.00 points to end at 10,260.00 and Advantest Corp. (TYO: 6857 ) shed 4.04% or 350.00 points to 8,320.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2548 to 971 and 227 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 8.79% to 20.85.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 2.17% or 2.26 to $106.51 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.09% or 0.10 to hit $111.23 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.61% or 12.20 to trade at $1,972.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.48% to 126.47, while EUR/JPY rose 0.30% to 136.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.39% at 100.30.

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