Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.98%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.98%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366), which rose 7.09% or 31.0 points to trade at 468.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) added 3.49% or 180.0 points to end at 5340.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was up 3.03% or 105.0 points to 3565.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523), which fell 12.96% or 1363.0 points to trade at 9157.0 at the close. Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T:7004) declined 4.83% or 40.0 points to end at 788.0 and Z Holdings Corp (T:4689) was down 2.78% or 16.4 points to 574.4.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1768 to 1674 and 305 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 17.87.

Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.27% or 0.19 to $71.46 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.23% or 0.17 to hit $73.30 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 6.35 to trade at $1822.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.23% to 110.11, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 129.95.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 92.698.