Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.38%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.38%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366), which rose 6.69% or 19.0 points to trade at 303.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nikon Corp. (T:7731) added 6.62% or 44.0 points to end at 709.0 and Inpex Corp. (T:1605) was up 6.17% or 34.0 points to 585.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T:4021), which fell 3.22% or 200.0 points to trade at 6010.0 at the close. CyberAgent Inc (T:4751) declined 3.12% or 230.0 points to end at 7140.0 and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:2503) was down 2.56% or 60.5 points to 2300.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2300 to 1250 and 183 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.23.

Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.40% or 0.20 to $50.13 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.73% or 0.39 to hit $53.99 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.25% or 4.90 to trade at $1949.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.00% to 102.72, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 126.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 89.265.