Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.12%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.12%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tosoh Corp. (T:4042), which rose 6.99% or 94.0 points to trade at 1439.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Toyobo Co., Ltd. (T:3101) added 5.49% or 76.0 points to end at 1460.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) was up 4.56% or 11.0 points to 252.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T:3099), which fell 8.70% or 60.0 points to trade at 630.0 at the close. The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T:8331) declined 6.29% or 31.0 points to end at 462.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was down 5.80% or 65.0 points to 1056.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1942 to 1645 and 185 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 28.01 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for June delivery was up 2.44% or 0.59 to $24.73 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 1.32% or 0.39 to hit $30.02 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.43% or 7.35 to trade at $1705.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 107.59, while EUR/JPY rose 0.00% to 116.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 100.230.