Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.23%
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper&Pulp, Railway&Bus and Real Estate sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.23%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523), which rose 5.81% or 453.0 points to trade at 8248.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Advantest Corp. (T:6857) added 3.44% or 180.0 points to end at 5420.0 and Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406) was up 3.23% or 19.0 points to 608.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Trend Micro Inc. (T:4704), which fell 2.02% or 120.0 points to trade at 5830.0 at the close. Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (T:4005) declined 1.96% or 10.0 points to end at 499.0 and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T:1332) was down 1.90% or 12.0 points to 620.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2200 to 1318 and 255 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 15.44.
Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.22% or 0.13 to $58.30 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.24% or 0.15 to hit $63.24 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.36% or 5.35 to trade at $1477.75 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 108.67, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 120.67.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.00% at 97.373.