Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.38%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.38%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (T:4005), which rose 9.65% or 41.0 points to trade at 466.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501) added 7.63% or 27.0 points to end at 381.0 and Toray Industries, Inc. (T:3402) was up 5.45% or 36.4 points to 704.9 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T:4568), which fell 3.97% or 149.0 points to trade at 3601.0 at the close. Keio Corp. (T:9008) declined 3.90% or 330.0 points to end at 8140.0 and ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202) was down 3.35% or 77.5 points to 2232.5.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1844 to 1650 and 245 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.29 a new 1-month high.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.81% or 0.43 to $53.41 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.73% or 0.41 to hit $56.31 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.70% or 12.85 to trade at $1853.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 103.75, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 126.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 90.285.