Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.19%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983), which rose 4.58% or 4700.0 points to trade at 107350.0 at the close. Meanwhile, DeNA Co Ltd (T:2432) added 2.99% or 64.0 points to end at 2208.0 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:4506) was up 2.44% or 42.0 points to 1764.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mazda Motor Corp (T:7261), which fell 6.28% or 58.0 points to trade at 866.0 at the close. Hino Motors, Ltd. (T:7205) declined 5.43% or 58.0 points to end at 1010.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) was down 5.26% or 490.0 points to 8820.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2758 to 821 and 173 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983) rose to all time highs; up 4.58% or 4700.0 to 107350.0. Shares in DeNA Co Ltd (T:2432) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 2.99% or 64.0 to 2208.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.63.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.64% or 0.39 to $61.53 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.73% or 0.47 to hit $64.81 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.33% or 5.90 to trade at $1778.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.02% to 105.87, while EUR/JPY rose 0.07% to 127.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 90.948.

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