© Reuters. Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.23%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 0.23%.

The best performers of the session on the were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 5.81% or 453.0 points to trade at 8248.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Advantest Corp. (T:) added 3.44% or 180.0 points to end at 5420.0 and Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:) was up 3.23% or 19.0 points to 608.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Trend Micro Inc. (T:), which fell 2.02% or 120.0 points to trade at 5830.0 at the close. Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd. (T:) declined 1.96% or 10.0 points to end at 499.0 and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T:) was down 1.90% or 12.0 points to 620.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2200 to 1318 and 255 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 15.44.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.22% or 0.13 to $58.30 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.24% or 0.15 to hit $63.24 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.36% or 5.35 to trade at $1477.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 108.67, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 120.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.00% at 97.373.

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