Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.20%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.20%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were CyberAgent Inc (T:4751), which rose 5.15% or 300.0 points to trade at 6130.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) added 2.37% or 45.0 points to end at 1941.5 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541) was up 2.21% or 37.0 points to 1713.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003), which fell 4.51% or 21.0 points to trade at 445.0 at the close. Konica Minolta, Inc. (T:4902) declined 4.39% or 15.0 points to end at 327.0 and IHI Corp. (T:7013) was down 3.73% or 58.0 points to 1496.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1751 to 1718 and 215 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.09.

Crude oil for September delivery was down 0.14% or 0.06 to $42.83 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $45.38 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.70% or 14.00 to trade at $2012.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.46% to 105.50, while EUR/JPY fell 0.27% to 125.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 92.578.