Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Finance & Investment and Power sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ), which rose 4.63% or 145.0 points to trade at 3275.0 at the close. NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ) added 3.88% or 100.5 points to end at 2688.0 and Hino Motors, Ltd. (T: 7205 ) was up 3.33% or 45.0 points to 1397.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ), which lost 6.56% or 146.0 points to trade at 2081.0 in late trade. Pioneer Corp. (T: 6773 ) declined 5.63% or 12.0 points to end at 201.0 and Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6504 ) shed 3.93% or 25.0 points to 611.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1869 to 1191 and 289 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.33% to 14.69 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.94% or 0.46 to $49.43 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.93% or 0.48 to hit $52.30 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.15% or 1.92 to trade at $1267.82 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 111.31, while EUR/JPY rose 0.18% to 121.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 98.91.

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