Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.28%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.28% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735), which rose 6.85% or 600.0 points to trade at 9360.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T:5713) added 5.09% or 256.0 points to end at 5287.0 and Resona Holdings, Inc. (T:8308) was up 4.54% or 19.6 points to 451.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:5301), which fell 4.48% or 69.0 points to trade at 1470.0 at the close. Japan Steel Works Ltd (T:5631) declined 4.27% or 140.0 points to end at 3140.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T:4324) was down 3.55% or 135.0 points to 3665.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2101 to 1458 and 197 ended unchanged.

Shares in Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) rose to 52-week highs; rising 6.85% or 600.0 to 9360.0. Shares in Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T:5713) rose to 3-years highs; rising 5.09% or 256.0 to 5287.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.39.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.03% or 0.61 to $60.08 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.24% or 0.15 to hit $63.45 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.20% or 3.65 to trade at $1819.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.15% to 105.52, while EUR/JPY rose 0.18% to 128.01.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 90.343.