Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.81%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.81% to hit a new 52-week high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were NSK Ltd. (TYO:6471), which rose 13.53% or 105.00 points to trade at 881.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (TYO:8303) added 8.55% or 221.00 points to end at 2,806.00 and Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (TYO:5901) was up 7.90% or 158.00 points to 2,158.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Rakuten Inc (TYO:4755), which fell 9.05% or 64.00 points to trade at 643.00 at the close. Olympus Corp. (TYO:7733) declined 6.77% or 165.00 points to end at 2,273.00 and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO:6302) was down 5.12% or 165.00 points to 3,060.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2065 to 1602 and 193 ended unchanged.

Shares in NSK Ltd. (TYO:6471) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 13.53% or 105.00 to 881.00. Shares in Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (TYO:8303) rose to 5-year highs; rising 8.55% or 221.00 to 2,806.00. Shares in Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (TYO:5901) rose to 3-years highs; rising 7.90% or 158.00 to 2,158.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.02% to 15.78.

Crude oil for June delivery was down 0.03% or 0.02 to $70.02 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.11% or 0.08 to hit $74.09 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.17% or 3.40 to trade at $2,023.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.17% to 135.95, while EUR/JPY rose 0.40% to 147.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 102.37.