Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.73%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.73%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (TYO:8233), which rose 8.80% or 117.00 points to trade at 1,447.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO:9501) added 2.12% or 12.00 points to end at 579.00 and Seiko Epson Cor (TYO:6724) was up 2.03% or 39.00 points to 1,959.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO:9531), which fell 9.83% or 276.00 points to trade at 2,531.00 at the close. Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO:9532) declined 6.93% or 180.00 points to end at 2,416.00 and TDK Corp (TYO:6762) was down 5.97% or 250.00 points to 3,940.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2810 to 746 and 221 ended unchanged.

Shares in Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (TYO:8233) rose to 3-years highs; gaining 8.80% or 117.00 to 1,447.00. Shares in Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO:9501) rose to 3-years highs; up 2.12% or 12.00 to 579.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 3.40% to 23.43.

Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.07% or 0.07 to $105.69 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.14% or 0.15 to hit $109.18 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.61% or 11.05 to trade at $1,796.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.45% to 135.12, while EUR/JPY fell 0.78% to 141.15.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 104.75.