Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.16%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.16%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541), which rose 6.02% or 132.0 points to trade at 2326.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T:5202) added 4.79% or 22.0 points to end at 481.0 and Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (T:5201) was up 4.45% or 160.0 points to 3755.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd (T:8802), which fell 3.51% or 59.5 points to trade at 1638.0 at the close. Daikin Industries, Ltd. (T:6367) declined 3.49% or 780.0 points to end at 21555.0 and Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T:9007) was down 3.28% or 105.0 points to 3100.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1933 to 1574 and 227 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.97.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.33% or 0.16 to $48.20 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.47% or 0.24 to hit $51.26 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.25% or 4.75 to trade at $1885.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.26% to 103.37, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 126.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 89.843.