Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.68%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.68% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Amada Co., Ltd. (T:6113), which rose 5.22% or 51.0 points to trade at 1028.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Kubota Corp. (T:6326) added 4.33% or 89.0 points to end at 2144.5 and Fanuc Corp. (T:6954) was up 3.24% or 775.0 points to 24710.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dentsu Inc. (T:4324), which fell 8.33% or 290.0 points to trade at 3190.0 at the close. Tokyu Fudosan (T:3289) declined 6.13% or 32.0 points to end at 490.0 and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T:3099) was down 4.97% or 30.0 points to 574.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2177 to 1315 and 212 ended unchanged.

Shares in Kubota Corp. (T:6326) rose to 52-week highs; rising 4.33% or 89.0 to 2144.5. Shares in Fanuc Corp. (T:6954) rose to 52-week highs; rising 3.24% or 775.0 to 24710.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.87.

Crude oil for December delivery was up 0.41% or 0.17 to $41.62 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.43% or 0.19 to hit $43.99 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.28% or 5.30 to trade at $1866.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 105.29, while EUR/JPY fell 0.19% to 123.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 93.082.

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