Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.03%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.03% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107), which rose 5.83% or 106.0 points to trade at 1923.0 at the close. Meanwhile, West Japan Railway Co. (T:9021) added 4.66% or 233.0 points to end at 5233.0 and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) was up 4.61% or 130.0 points to 2952.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Dome Corp. (T:9681), which fell 5.35% or 77.0 points to trade at 1363.0 at the close. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T:4568) declined 3.89% or 142.0 points to end at 3511.0 and TOTO Ltd. (T:5332) was down 3.61% or 220.0 points to 5880.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1863 to 1642 and 206 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.13.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.18% or 0.08 to $45.20 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $48.24 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.59% or 10.75 to trade at $1840.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 104.38, while EUR/JPY rose 0.05% to 126.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 90.948.

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