Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.42%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.42%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fujikura Ltd. (T:5803), which rose 8.64% or 54.0 points to trade at 679.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Kajima Corp. (T:1812) added 7.18% or 98.0 points to end at 1462.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T:4911) was up 6.77% or 409.0 points to 6453.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:9064), which fell 12.07% or 300.0 points to trade at 2185.0 at the close. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003) declined 5.50% or 21.0 points to end at 361.0 and Terumo Corp. (T:4543) was down 4.84% or 203.0 points to 3989.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2390 to 1164 and 235 ended unchanged.

Shares in Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:9064) fell to 52-week lows; falling 12.07% or 300.0 to 2185.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 6.17% to 21.91.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.02% or 0.02 to $89.68 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.09% or 0.08 to hit $91.47 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to trade at $1836.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.11% to 115.61, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 132.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 95.550.