Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.59%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.59%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Mining , Gas & Water and Construction sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 2.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 14.93% or 63.0 points to trade at 485.0 at the close. Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ) added 7.72% or 181.0 points to end at 2527.0 and Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (T: 3105 ) was up 7.02% or 73.0 points to 1113.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ), which lost 7.12% or 224.5 points to trade at 2927.5 in late trade. Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T: 5711 ) declined 3.94% or 147.5 points to end at 3597.4 and SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) shed 2.19% or 41.0 points to 1827.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2403 to 663 and 278 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.32% to 17.89 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.26% or 0.14 to $53.14 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.25% or 0.14 to hit $55.77 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.96% or 11.85 to trade at $1224.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.42% to 113.73, while EUR/JPY rose 0.46% to 121.21.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 100.68.

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