Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.97%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.97%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Trading , Machinery and Power sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.97%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ), which rose 9.88% or 360.0 points to trade at 4005.0 at the close. Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ) added 8.64% or 266.0 points to end at 3346.0 and Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ) was up 6.19% or 3220.0 points to 55280.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeon Co., Ltd. (T: 8267 ), which lost 4.39% or 96.5 points to trade at 2100.5 in late trade. Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T: 9062 ) declined 3.58% or 230.0 points to end at 6190.0 and Yamaha Corp. (T: 7951 ) shed 3.49% or 165.0 points to 4560.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1972 to 1506 and 222 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.89% to 24.44.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.89% or 0.47 to $53.06 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.66% or 0.41 to hit $62.09 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.50% or 6.40 to trade at $1293.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.15% to 108.25, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 124.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 94.940.

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