Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.71%
Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper&Pulp, Railway&Bus and Real Estate sectors led shares higher.At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.71%.The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nitto Denko Co (T:6988), which rose 3.82% or 230.0 points to trade at 6250.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) added 3.21% or 57.0 points to end at 1830.0 and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) was up 3.08% or 83.0 points to 2779.0 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were CyberAgent Inc (T:4751), which fell 1.74% or 65.0 points to trade at 3665.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Estate Co Ltd (T:8802) declined 1.71% or 38.0 points to end at 2185.5 and Advantest Corp. (T:6857) was down 1.62% or 100.0 points to 6060.0.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1832 to 1730 and 214 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.88.
Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.07% or 0.57 to $54.05 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.07% or 0.63 to hit $59.44 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.14% or 2.25 to trade at $1567.55 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 109.08, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 120.04.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 97.890.