Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the declined 0.12%.
The best performers of the session on the were Panasonic Corp (T:), which rose 2.82% or 27.7 points to trade at 1009.0 at the close. Meanwhile, IHI Corp. (T:) added 2.32% or 59.0 points to end at 2599.0 and Rakuten Inc (T:) was up 2.25% or 21.0 points to 956.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T:), which fell 2.99% or 70.0 points to trade at 2275.0 at the close. NTT Data Corp. (T:) declined 2.54% or 39.0 points to end at 1496.0 and Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T:) was down 2.44% or 100.0 points to 4005.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2221 to 1271 and 268 ended unchanged.
The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.02 a new 3-months low.
Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.53% or 0.31 to $57.80 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.38% or 0.24 to hit $62.77 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.11% or 1.65 to trade at $1462.45 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.09% to 109.45, while EUR/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 120.48.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 98.260.
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