Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.84%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.84%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Denko K.K. (TYO:4004), which rose 6.55% or 152.00 points to trade at 2,471.00 at the close. Meanwhile, CyberAgent Inc (TYO:4751) added 6.29% or 76.00 points to end at 1,285.00 and Rakuten Inc (TYO:4755) was up 5.48% or 32.00 points to 616.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nichirei Corp. (TYO:2871), which fell 1.59% or 36.00 points to trade at 2,224.00 at the close. KDDI Corp. (TYO:9433) declined 0.72% or 32.00 points to end at 4,416.00 and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO:9532) was down 0.62% or 15.00 points to 2,414.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 3206 to 376 and 174 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.06% to 26.20.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.76% or 1.90 to $109.89 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.84% or 0.96 to hit $115.09 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.27% or 4.90 to trade at $1,835.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.07% to 135.18, while EUR/JPY rose 0.43% to 142.57.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 103.94.