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

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.98% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802), which rose 2.65% or 80.0 points to trade at 3102.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501) added 2.48% or 7.0 points to end at 289.0 and Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T:4568) was up 2.44% or 60.0 points to 2516.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Denso Corp. (T:6902), which fell 8.83% or 651.0 points to trade at 6721.0 at the close. Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) declined 8.42% or 670.0 points to end at 7290.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was down 8.15% or 400.0 points to 4510.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2531 to 1024 and 203 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) rose to 5-year highs; up 2.65% or 80.0 to 3102.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.96.

Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.05% or 0.03 to $63.47 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.18% or 0.12 to hit $66.33 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.37% or 6.65 to trade at $1789.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 109.64, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 128.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 93.612.