Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.57%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.57%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202), which rose 3.38% or 77.5 points to trade at 2369.5 at the close. Meanwhile, Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T:9007) added 2.66% or 76.0 points to end at 2932.0 and Central Japan Railway Co. (T:9022) was up 2.53% or 385.0 points to 15630.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Z Holdings Corp (T:4689), which fell 3.87% or 21.0 points to trade at 521.0 at the close. Panasonic Corp (T:6752) declined 3.47% or 47.0 points to end at 1309.0 and Komatsu Ltd. (T:6301) was down 3.17% or 103.0 points to 3148.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2218 to 1278 and 249 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.56.

Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.93% or 0.57 to $62.00 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.66% or 0.43 to hit $65.83 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.01% or 0.20 to trade at $1782.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.03% to 107.93, while EUR/JPY rose 0.24% to 130.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 91.060.