Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.02%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.02%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Machinery , Precision Instruments and Communication sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 2.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which rose 1.61% or 60.0 points to trade at 3790.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd (T: 8802 ) added 1.51% or 27.5 points to end at 1846.5 and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ) was up 1.37% or 18.0 points to 1333.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ), which lost 7.65% or 75.0 points to trade at 905.0 in late trade. Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) declined 5.73% or 18.0 points to end at 296.0 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) shed 5.46% or 770.0 points to 13345.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2871 to 703 and 144 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.72% to 19.59.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.38% or 0.20 to $52.38 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.65% or 0.40 to hit $61.05 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.36% or 4.50 to trade at $1242.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.03% to 113.59, while EUR/JPY fell 0.35% to 128.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 97.365.

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