Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.35%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.35%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (TYO:3099), which rose 5.55% or 65.00 points to trade at 1,236.00 at the close. Meanwhile, JGC Corp. (TYO:1963) added 4.85% or 87.00 points to end at 1,880.00 and Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (TYO:8233) was up 4.32% or 70.00 points to 1,690.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (TYO:5713), which fell 5.44% or 259.00 points to trade at 4,506.00 at the close. Advantest Corp. (TYO:6857) declined 3.14% or 290.00 points to end at 8,940.00 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO:8035) was down 2.95% or 1,370.00 points to 45,030.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2359 to 1148 and 282 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.54% to 19.16.

Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.72% or 0.62 to $84.97 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.44% or 0.41 to hit $92.45 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.27% or 4.80 to trade at $1,771.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 139.46, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 144.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 106.19.