Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.49%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.49%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Steel , Power and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.49%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (TYO: 5233 ), which rose 6.77% or 132.00 points to trade at 2,082.00 at the close. Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5232 ) added 5.98% or 195.00 points to end at 3,455.00 and SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (TYO: 9412 ) was up 3.51% or 17.00 points to 502.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7735 ), which lost 4.76% or 560.00 points to trade at 11,200.00 in late trade. Advantest Corp. (TYO: 6857 ) declined 4.20% or 360.00 points to end at 8,210.00 and Kubota Corp. (TYO: 6326 ) shed 4.16% or 106.50 points to 2,452.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2858 to 707 and 198 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.01% to 20.22.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.67% or 0.81 to $120.70 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.67% or 0.83 to hit $122.24 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.19% or 3.45 to trade at $1,849.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.68% to 133.41, while EUR/JPY fell 0.45% to 141.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 103.09.

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