Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.71%

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

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 0.71%.

The best performers of the session on the were Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T:), which rose 5.29% or 175.0 points to trade at 3485.0 at the close. Meanwhile, JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:) added 5.24% or 72.0 points to end at 1447.0 and Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T:) was up 4.84% or 103.0 points to 2233.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Rakuten Inc (T:), which fell 2.25% or 21.0 points to trade at 913.0 at the close. Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T:) declined 1.56% or 10.0 points to end at 632.0 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T:) was down 1.33% or 40.0 points to 2974.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2012 to 1511 and 246 ended unchanged.

Shares in Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 4.84% or 103.0 to 2233.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.45 a new 1-month high.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.26% or 0.15 to $58.28 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.11% or 0.07 to hit $62.93 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.05% or 0.75 to trade at $1480.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 108.86, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 120.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 97.502.

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