Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.78%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.78%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Banking , Paper & Pulp and Power sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.78%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Maruha Nichiro Corp (T: 1333 ), which rose 3.42% or 145.0 points to trade at 4385.0 at the close. Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) added 2.97% or 52.0 points to end at 1801.0 and Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co. (T: 5703 ) was up 2.94% or 7.0 points to 245.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which lost 4.17% or 97.0 points to trade at 2231.0 in late trade. The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) declined 3.34% or 98.0 points to end at 2840.0 and Softbank Corp. (T: 9984 ) shed 2.80% or 242.0 points to 8399.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1937 to 1446 and 184 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.86% to 16.67.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.11% or 0.73 to $66.27 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.33% or 0.97 to hit $74.02 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.02% or 0.30 to trade at $1270.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.17% to 110.18, while EUR/JPY rose 0.64% to 128.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.33% at 94.23.

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