Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.35%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.35%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (TYO:8354), which rose 4.64% or 123.00 points to trade at 2,775.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO:9501) added 4.40% or 22.00 points to end at 522.00 and CyberAgent Inc (TYO:4751) was up 3.94% or 51.00 points to 1,345.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO:5631), which fell 2.96% or 90.00 points to trade at 2,955.00 at the close. Dentsu Inc. (TYO:4324) declined 2.74% or 125.00 points to end at 4,430.00 and Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO:7762) was down 2.10% or 13.00 points to 606.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1972 to 1510 and 341 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (TYO:8354) rose to 3-years highs; gaining 4.64% or 123.00 to 2,775.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.39% to 17.15 a new 52-week low.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.69% or 0.54 to $78.48 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.48% or 0.41 to hit $85.75 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.04% or 0.65 to trade at $1,754.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 138.68, while EUR/JPY rose 0.05% to 144.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 105.69.