Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.89%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.89%
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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 1.89%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 7.88% or 124.0 points to trade at 1697.0 at the close. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (T: 8801 ) added 3.34% or 68.5 points to end at 2118.5 and Tokyu Fudosan (T: 3289 ) was up 2.96% or 17.0 points to 591.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ), which lost 8.40% or 128.0 points to trade at 1396.0 in late trade. Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) declined 8.03% or 35.0 points to end at 401.0 and Canon Inc (T: 7751 ) shed 7.35% or 182.0 points to 2294.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2903 to 690 and 146 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.31.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.61% or 0.32 to $52.02 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.22% or 0.12 to hit $54.98 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.31% or 5.65 to trade at $1846.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.32% to 104.55, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 126.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 90.722.

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