Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.71%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.71%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Central Japan Railway Co. (TYO:9022), which rose 2.11% or 350.00 points to trade at 16,940.00 at the close. Meanwhile, East Japan Railway Co. (TYO:9020) added 1.89% or 142.00 points to end at 7,663.00 and West Japan Railway Co. (TYO:9021) was up 1.81% or 101.00 points to 5,671.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO:3382), which fell 3.50% or 199.00 points to trade at 5,486.00 at the close. IHI Corp. (TYO:7013) declined 2.93% or 95.00 points to end at 3,145.00 and Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (TYO:5232) was down 2.87% or 95.00 points to 3,210.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2345 to 1116 and 291 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.47% to 22.88.

Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.34% or 0.30 to $88.75 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in December rose 0.37% or 0.35 to hit $94.77 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.65 to trade at $1,719.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 144.96, while EUR/JPY fell 0.03% to 142.05.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 112.11.