Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.68%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.68%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Insurance , Banking and Communication sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 15.27% or 173.0 points to trade at 1306.0 at the close. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) added 11.47% or 460.0 points to end at 4470.0 and Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) was up 4.85% or 54.0 points to 1168.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ), which lost 6.65% or 208.0 points to trade at 2922.0 in late trade. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) declined 5.49% or 59.5 points to end at 1025.0 and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (T: 9432 ) shed 5.39% or 305.0 points to 5351.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2196 to 1165 and 199 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.31% to 14.40 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.39% or 0.22 to $57.26 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.11% or 0.07 to hit $63.38 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.13% or 1.60 to trade at $1258.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.19% to 112.18, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 132.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 93.50.

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