Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.01%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.01%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Banking sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 2.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2503 ), which rose 2.27% or 56.0 points to trade at 2519.0 at the close. Sekisui House, Ltd. (T: 1928 ) added 1.42% or 24.0 points to end at 1709.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) was up 0.62% or 17.0 points to 2769.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 12.63% or 198.0 points to trade at 1370.0 in late trade. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5202 ) declined 5.80% or 53.0 points to end at 861.0 and Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) shed 5.67% or 152.0 points to 2531.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3316 to 309 and 101 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 3.19% to 18.12.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.90% or 0.51 to $56.15 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 1.18% or 0.78 to hit $65.52 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.61% or 7.85 to trade at $1293.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.49% to 111.03, while EUR/JPY fell 0.34% to 124.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 97.422.

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