Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.72%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.72%
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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 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T: 4021 ), which rose 4.13% or 250.0 points to trade at 6310.0 at the close. Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T: 5233 ) added 3.68% or 95.0 points to end at 2680.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) was up 3.40% or 190.0 points to 5780.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9007 ), which lost 5.27% or 180.0 points to trade at 3235.0 in late trade. Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9009 ) declined 4.23% or 165.0 points to end at 3735.0 and Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) shed 4.18% or 33.0 points to 757.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2531 to 1025 and 188 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.63.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.37% or 0.83 to $59.69 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 1.03% or 0.66 to hit $63.27 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.40% or 7.15 to trade at $1767.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 105.64, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 127.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 90.507.

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