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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%

Published 08/23/2018, 04:35 AM
© Reuters.  Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic, Glass and Automobiles & Parts sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.22%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:5301), which rose 2.89% or 55.0 points to trade at 1959.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (T:8253) added 2.82% or 51.0 points to end at 1857.0 and Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983) was up 2.75% or 1370.0 points to 51100.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269), which fell 4.78% or 365.0 points to trade at 7274.0 at the close. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:5706) declined 3.87% or 125.0 points to end at 3105.0 and JGC Corp. (T:1963) was down 3.17% or 69.0 points to 2105.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2155 to 1195 and 237 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:5706) fell to 52-week lows; losing 3.87% or 125.0 to 3105.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.58% to 15.46.

Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.28% or 0.19 to $67.67 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.56% or 0.42 to hit $74.36 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.71% or 8.60 to trade at $1194.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 110.84, while EUR/JPY fell 0.10% to 128.07.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.35% at 95.33.

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