Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.02%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.02%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Precision Instruments , Chemical and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.02% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 6.08% or 167.0 points to trade at 2914.0 at the close. Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 1332 ) added 4.39% or 32.0 points to end at 761.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) was up 4.29% or 94.0 points to 2286.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 2.86% or 45.0 points to trade at 1527.0 in late trade. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) declined 2.77% or 115.0 points to end at 4030.0 and Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4005 ) shed 2.54% or 14.0 points to 538.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1959 to 1509 and 243 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.66% to 16.78.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.82% or 0.47 to $57.69 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.78% or 0.52 to hit $66.83 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.51% or 6.75 to trade at $1309.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.47% to 111.89, while EUR/JPY rose 0.34% to 127.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 96.278.

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