Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.40%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.40% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Dome Corp. (T:9681), which rose 16.72% or 150.0 points to trade at 1047.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T:8804) added 6.65% or 94.0 points to end at 1507.0 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:5707) was up 4.50% or 90.0 points to 2090.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (T:9531), which fell 2.63% or 66.5 points to trade at 2458.5 at the close. Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (T:8354) declined 2.49% or 50.0 points to end at 1960.0 and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (T:9532) was down 2.38% or 51.0 points to 2091.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2358 to 1148 and 208 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.44.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 1.97% or 0.90 to $44.81 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.38% or 0.18 to hit $47.61 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.01% or 0.10 to trade at $1805.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.18% to 104.06, while EUR/JPY fell 0.10% to 124.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 91.933.

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