Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.36%

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Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the declined 0.36%.

The best performers of the session on the were J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 5.22% or 75.0 points to trade at 1511.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:) added 3.45% or 99.0 points to end at 2971.0 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:) was up 3.13% or 64.0 points to 2109.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Japan Tobacco Inc (T:), which fell 3.47% or 88.0 points to trade at 2450.0 at the close. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:) declined 2.74% or 31.0 points to end at 1101.0 and Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T:) was down 2.74% or 137.0 points to 4869.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2475 to 1135 and 182 ended unchanged.

Shares in J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:) rose to 52-week highs; up 5.22% or 75.0 to 1511.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.67.

Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.31% or 0.19 to $61.87 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.21% or 0.14 to hit $68.06 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.45 to trade at $1512.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 109.50, while EUR/JPY rose 0.13% to 121.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 97.000.

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