Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.54%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.54%
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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 rose 0.54% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sekisui House, Ltd. (T: 1928 ), which rose 4.81% or 91.0 points to trade at 1983.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ) added 3.76% or 28.2 points to end at 778.8 and Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) was up 3.71% or 56.0 points to 1565.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which lost 5.20% or 54.0 points to trade at 984.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 3.47% or 78.0 points to end at 2172.0 and Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) shed 2.65% or 127.0 points to 4668.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1798 to 1634 and 272 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.48 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.09% or 0.05 to $56.25 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in November fell 0.07% or 0.04 to hit $60.91 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.38% or 5.75 to trade at $1519.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 106.97, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 118.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 98.347.

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