Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.06%

© Reuters Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.06% © Reuters Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.06%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp, Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.06%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sony Corp (T:6758), which rose 9.54% or 1015.0 points to trade at 11650.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) added 5.04% or 17.0 points to end at 354.0 and Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T:6770) was up 4.97% or 68.0 points to 1437.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Kao Corp. (T:4452), which fell 8.19% or 645.0 points to trade at 7232.0 at the close. Z Holdings Corp (T:4689) declined 6.37% or 45.1 points to end at 662.9 and Kikkoman Corp. (T:) was down 6.09% or 450.0 points to 6940.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1872 to 1622 and 228 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sony Corp (T:6758) rose to 5-year highs; up 9.54% or 1015.0 to 11650.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.38.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.93% or 0.52 to $56.21 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.48% or 0.28 to hit $58.97 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.43% or 7.90 to trade at $1827.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.20% to 105.22, while EUR/JPY fell 0.02% to 126.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 91.323.

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