Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.49%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.49%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Manufacturing , Paper & Pulp and Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.49%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ), which rose 2.11% or 770.0 points to trade at 37270.0 at the close. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) added 1.87% or 7.0 points to end at 381.5 and Maruha Nichiro Corp (T: 1333 ) was up 1.62% or 55.0 points to 3455.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which lost 5.16% or 92.0 points to trade at 1690.0 in late trade. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) declined 4.52% or 69.0 points to end at 1459.0 and Obayashi Corp. (T: 1802 ) shed 3.90% or 42.0 points to 1036.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1859 to 1120 and 367 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.46% to 17.55.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.40% or 0.21 to $52.82 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.42% or 0.23 to hit $55.31 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.34% or 4.15 to trade at $1228.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.19% to 114.20, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 120.14.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 102.06.

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