Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Retail and Power sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 5801 ), which rose 4.19% or 111.0 points to trade at 2762.0 at the close. Fujikura Ltd. (T: 5803 ) added 3.55% or 15.0 points to end at 437.0 and Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) was up 3.47% or 104.0 points to 3100.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ), which lost 8.96% or 124.0 points to trade at 1260.0 in late trade. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ) declined 5.54% or 205.0 points to end at 3495.0 and Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T: 2501 ) shed 4.78% or 115.0 points to 2293.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1969 to 1588 and 170 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 11.00% to 27.51.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 2.85% or 1.27 to $45.88 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 2.35% or 1.24 to hit $53.97 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.07% or 0.95 to trade at $1280.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.47% to 110.48, while EUR/JPY fell 0.26% to 126.61.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 95.917.

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