Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.40%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.40%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Mining and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 7.56% or 260.0 points to trade at 3700.0 at the close. Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ) added 5.71% or 95.0 points to end at 1759.0 and Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T: 4578 ) was up 4.53% or 240.0 points to 5535.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ), which lost 5.50% or 205.0 points to trade at 3520.0 in late trade. Kyocera Corp. (T: 6971 ) declined 2.70% or 170.0 points to end at 6125.0 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) shed 2.54% or 54.0 points to 2074.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2053 to 1444 and 210 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.85% to 20.11.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.41% or 0.21 to $51.24 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.13% or 0.08 to hit $59.83 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.07% or 0.90 to trade at $1229.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 113.43, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 129.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.775.

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