Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.25%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.25%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fanuc Corp. (T:6954), which rose 6.60% or 1705.0 points to trade at 27535.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T:6506) added 6.47% or 350.0 points to end at 5760.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T:4004) was up 5.66% or 175.0 points to 3265.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107), which fell 2.74% or 100.0 points to trade at 3550.0 at the close. Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523) declined 1.54% or 165.0 points to end at 10530.0 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) was down 1.31% or 70.0 points to 5270.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 3020 to 577 and 161 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.75.

Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.62% or 0.46 to $74.10 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.66% or 0.50 to hit $75.05 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.43% or 7.75 to trade at $1802.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.03% to 110.17, while EUR/JPY rose 0.08% to 130.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 92.168.