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 Machinery , Electrical/Machinery and Glass sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.97% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which rose 11.60% or 153.0 points to trade at 1472.0 at the close. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) added 10.12% or 167.0 points to end at 1817.0 and Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T: 6479 ) was up 6.41% or 107.0 points to 1775.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ), which lost 2.93% or 90.0 points to trade at 2985.0 in late trade. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ) declined 2.91% or 190.0 points to end at 6330.0 and Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ) shed 2.81% or 38.0 points to 1313.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2349 to 1145 and 232 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.06% to 20.42 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.92% or 0.49 to $53.62 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.64% or 0.39 to hit $61.48 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.29% or 3.75 to trade at $1283.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 109.78, while EUR/JPY rose 0.32% to 124.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 96.123.

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