Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.26%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.26%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.26% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Terumo Corp. (T: 4543 ), which rose 13.44% or 476.0 points to trade at 4018.0 at the close. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ) added 11.69% or 107.0 points to end at 1022.0 and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2503 ) was up 9.55% or 219.5 points to 2518.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ), which lost 8.34% or 748.0 points to trade at 8218.0 in late trade. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) declined 4.50% or 48.0 points to end at 1018.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) shed 3.32% or 100.0 points to 2910.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1819 to 1696 and 256 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.33.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.84% or 0.48 to $56.67 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.64% or 0.40 to hit $61.89 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 3.55 to trade at $1469.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 109.28, while EUR/JPY rose 0.04% to 120.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 97.970.

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