Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.29%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (TYO:9983), which rose 8.83% or 5,260.00 points to trade at 64,810.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (TYO:5707) added 3.63% or 110.00 points to end at 3,140.00 and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:7012) was up 3.16% or 72.00 points to 2,347.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO:8035), which fell 4.99% or 2,830.00 points to trade at 53,880.00 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO:7735) declined 4.74% or 510.00 points to end at 10,260.00 and Advantest Corp. (TYO:6857) was down 4.04% or 350.00 points to 8,320.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2548 to 971 and 227 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 8.79% to 20.85.

Crude oil for May delivery was up 2.17% or 2.26 to $106.51 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.09% or 0.10 to hit $111.23 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.61% or 12.20 to trade at $1,972.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.48% to 126.47, while EUR/JPY rose 0.30% to 136.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.39% at 100.30.