Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.64%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.64%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003), which rose 5.57% or 30.0 points to trade at 569.0 at the close. Meanwhile, ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202) added 2.56% or 68.5 points to end at 2747.0 and Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T:9009) was up 2.53% or 90.0 points to 3645.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Softbank Group Corp. (T:9984), which fell 5.39% or 421.0 points to trade at 7391.0 at the close. JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:5411) declined 4.04% or 53.0 points to end at 1259.0 and Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523) was down 3.27% or 355.0 points to 10500.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2163 to 1371 and 233 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 16.85 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.21% or 0.16 to $75.32 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.22% or 0.17 to hit $76.34 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.53% or 9.45 to trade at $1792.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.01% to 111.03, while EUR/JPY rose 0.02% to 131.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 92.282.