© Reuters. Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.44%

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 gained 0.44%.

The best performers of the session on the were Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 8.13% or 590.0 points to trade at 7850.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Toray Industries, Inc. (T:) added 6.10% or 42.9 points to end at 746.3 and Terumo Corp. (T:) was up 5.68% or 178.0 points to 3314.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T:), which fell 12.02% or 195.5 points to trade at 1431.5 at the close. Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T:) declined 9.64% or 279.5 points to end at 2619.5 and Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 7.27% or 38.0 points to 485.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1920 to 1508 and 265 ended unchanged.

Shares in Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 9.64% or 279.5 to 2619.5. Shares in Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:) fell to 3-years lows; losing 7.27% or 38.0 to 485.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 21.06.

Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.11% or 0.06 to $52.60 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 0.12% or 0.07 to hit $57.45 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.27% or 4.05 to trade at $1513.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 105.93, while EUR/JPY fell 0.03% to 118.52.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 97.412.

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