Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.73%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.73%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Communication and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.73% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ), which rose 7.89% or 4380.0 points to trade at 59880.0 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) added 6.38% or 19.0 points to end at 317.0 and Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) was up 4.89% or 535.0 points to 11475.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 1925 ), which lost 5.55% or 192.0 points to trade at 3266.0 in late trade. Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) declined 3.09% or 36.0 points to end at 1129.0 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ) shed 2.98% or 77.0 points to 2503.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2075 to 1376 and 253 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.47% to 15.60.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.94% or 0.60 to $64.18 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.75% or 0.53 to hit $71.36 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 2.75 to trade at $1296.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.26% to 111.94, while EUR/JPY rose 0.74% to 126.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 96.555.

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