Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Chemical and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ), which rose 2.81% or 131.0 points to trade at 4798.0 at the close. Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ) added 2.52% or 140.0 points to end at 5700.0 and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2503 ) was up 2.13% or 63.5 points to 3047.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ), which lost 6.83% or 345.0 points to trade at 4705.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 4.14% or 99.0 points to end at 2292.0 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) shed 4.12% or 160.0 points to 3725.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2076 to 1272 and 226 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.32% to 15.78 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.29% or 0.20 to $68.44 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.90% or 0.65 to hit $73.23 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.02% or 0.20 to trade at $1223.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 112.47, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 131.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 94.89.

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