Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.54%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.54%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (TYO:9983), which rose 8.70% or 6,100.00 points to trade at 76,230.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Hino Motors, Ltd. (TYO:7205) added 3.69% or 26.00 points to end at 731.00 and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (TYO:4507) was up 3.54% or 255.00 points to 7,457.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Concordia Financial Group Ltd (TYO:7186), which fell 3.85% or 17.00 points to trade at 425.00 at the close. JGC Corp. (TYO:1963) declined 3.59% or 60.00 points to end at 1,610.00 and Chiba Bank Ltd (TYO:8331) was down 3.19% or 23.00 points to 698.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2173 to 1334 and 255 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.37% to 21.78.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.31% or 0.30 to $96.08 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.64% or 0.63 to hit $99.73 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.21% or 3.60 to trade at $1,702.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 138.75, while EUR/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 139.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 108.39.