Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.55%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.55%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Power , Finance & Investment and Glass sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 3.55% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ), which rose 6.90% or 12.0 points to trade at 186.0 at the close. Softbank Corp. (T: 9984 ) added 0.82% or 44.0 points to end at 5410.0 and KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) was up 0.80% or 24.0 points to 3030.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Panasonic Corp. (T: 6752 ), which lost 12.13% or 125.4 points to trade at 908.1 in late trade. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) declined 7.14% or 17.0 points to end at 221.0 and Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 7762 ) shed 6.90% or 44.0 points to 594.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1817 to 73 and 16 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 18.71% to 26.96.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.47% or 0.18 to $38.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.27% or 0.11 to hit $40.22 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 0.01% or 0.10 to trade at $1235.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 112.34, while EUR/JPY fell 0.16% to 127.90.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.04% at 94.61.

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