Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.09%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.09%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Machinery and Electrical/Machinery sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ), which rose 6.18% or 150.0 points to trade at 2578.0 at the close. Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) added 5.19% or 815.0 points to end at 16515.0 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) was up 4.12% or 83.0 points to 2100.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which lost 16.55% or 1500.0 points to trade at 7565.0 in late trade. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) declined 4.89% or 242.0 points to end at 4709.0 and Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T: 4578 ) shed 3.85% or 178.0 points to 4445.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2166 to 1347 and 228 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.13% to 15.76.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.35% or 0.21 to $59.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.50% or 0.34 to hit $67.52 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.26% or 3.45 to trade at $1310.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.09% to 110.69, while EUR/JPY fell 0.54% to 125.32.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 96.118.

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