(C) Reuters. Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.42%
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.42% to hit a new 1-month low.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:5411), which rose 5.18% or 62.0 points to trade at 1260.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501) added 5.08% or 18.0 points to end at 372.0 and Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406) was up 4.95% or 35.0 points to 742.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T:7752), which fell 6.27% or 76.0 points to trade at 1137.0 at the close. CyberAgent Inc (T:4751) declined 4.49% or 300.0 points to end at 6380.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was down 3.76% or 78.0 points to 1995.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1954 to 1558 and 235 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 26.61.
Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.47% or 0.97 to $67.06 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 1.54% or 1.07 to hit $70.43 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.07% or 1.25 to trade at $1697.25 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.12% to 108.47, while EUR/JPY fell 0.14% to 128.90.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 92.190.
Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.42%
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