Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.38%

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Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the gained 2.38%.

The best performers of the session on the were Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T:), which rose 8.63% or 187.0 points to trade at 2353.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Yahoo Japan Corp. (T:) added 5.95% or 25.0 points to end at 445.0 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T:) was up 5.86% or 118.0 points to 2133.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were DeNA Co Ltd (T:), which fell 9.67% or 171.0 points to trade at 1598.0 at the close. Fujikura Ltd. (T:) declined 9.32% or 40.0 points to end at 389.0 and Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 4.24% or 330.0 points to 7460.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2852 to 752 and 176 ended unchanged.

Shares in DeNA Co Ltd (T:) fell to 3-years lows; down 9.67% or 171.0 to 1598.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.88.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.91% or 0.97 to $51.72 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.41% or 0.78 to hit $56.06 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.08% or 1.25 to trade at $1561.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 109.89, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 120.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 98.130.

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