Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.39%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.39%
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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 fell 0.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which rose 5.24% or 98.0 points to trade at 1967.0 at the close. Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) added 4.49% or 19.0 points to end at 442.0 and Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) was up 4.11% or 39.0 points to 987.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which lost 6.00% or 24.0 points to trade at 376.0 in late trade. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) declined 5.03% or 30.0 points to end at 567.0 and Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) shed 4.03% or 39.0 points to 928.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1900 to 1608 and 268 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.99.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.93% or 0.50 to $53.38 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 1.03% or 0.61 to hit $58.70 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 1.00% or 16.25 to trade at $1636.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.24% to 111.84, while EUR/JPY fell 0.11% to 120.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 99.703.

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