Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.05%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.05% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd (T:6178), which rose 9.34% or 70.9 points to trade at 830.3 at the close. Meanwhile, T&D Holdings, Inc. (T:8795) added 7.44% or 83.0 points to end at 1199.0 and The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (T:5101) was up 7.01% or 110.0 points to 1679.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Yahoo Japan Corp. (T:4689), which fell 4.33% or 26.5 points to trade at 584.9 at the close. Trend Micro Inc. (T:4704) declined 3.28% or 190.0 points to end at 5600.0 and Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523) was down 2.13% or 170.0 points to 7813.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2417 to 1150 and 156 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.54.

Crude oil for December delivery was up 1.37% or 0.55 to $40.68 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 1.15% or 0.49 to hit $43.27 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.50 to trade at $1886.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 104.55, while EUR/JPY rose 0.03% to 123.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 92.608.

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