Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.08%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 2.08%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T:4507), which rose 5.30% or 409.0 points to trade at 8121.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Advantest Corp. (T:6857) added 4.61% or 470.0 points to end at 10670.0 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035) was up 4.40% or 2620.0 points to 62220.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T:8303), which fell 1.69% or 31.0 points to trade at 1800.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T:5711) declined 1.23% or 24.0 points to end at 1920.0 and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801) was down 0.77% or 17.0 points to 2195.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2523 to 1046 and 224 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T:5711) fell to 52-week lows; falling 1.23% or 24.0 to 1920.0. Shares in Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801) fell to 52-week lows; down 0.77% or 17.0 to 2195.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.56.

Crude oil for February delivery was up 1.21% or 0.83 to $69.44 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.87% or 0.62 to hit $72.14 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.18% or 3.25 to trade at $1791.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 113.74, while EUR/JPY rose 0.23% to 128.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 96.455.