Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.30%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.30%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Insurance , Finance & Investment and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 7762 ), which rose 3.70% or 26.0 points to trade at 729.0 at the close. Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) added 3.68% or 40.0 points to end at 1127.0 and Concordia Financial Group Ltd (T: 7186 ) was up 3.26% or 19.8 points to 627.1 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 2.83% or 57.0 points to trade at 1954.0 in late trade. Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ) declined 2.12% or 11.0 points to end at 507.0 and Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4063 ) shed 2.08% or 210.0 points to 9890.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1566 to 1423 and 346 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.16% to 18.78.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.06% or 0.03 to $53.75 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.12% or 0.07 to hit $56.17 a barrel, while the February Gold contract fell 0.70% or 8.35 to trade at $1181.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.55% to 115.18, while EUR/JPY rose 0.39% to 122.83.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.26% at 100.78.

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