Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.67%

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.67%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Asahi Kasei Corp. (T:3407), which rose 3.60% or 40.5 points to trade at 1164.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T:6504) added 3.57% or 210.0 points to end at 6100.0 and Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T:7272) was up 3.11% or 93.0 points to 3080.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202), which fell 5.65% or 148.0 points to trade at 2472.5 at the close. Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269) declined 2.50% or 130.0 points to end at 5074.0 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) was down 2.41% or 85.0 points to 3436.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1935 to 1608 and 232 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T:6504) rose to 5-year highs; rising 3.57% or 210.0 to 6100.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.54.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.18% or 0.14 to $78.25 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.02% or 0.02 to hit $82.23 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.54% or 9.65 to trade at $1793.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 115.33, while EUR/JPY rose 0.13% to 129.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 96.707.

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