Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.22%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.22%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Olympus Corp. (T:7733), which rose 11.15% or 214.0 points to trade at 2132.5 at the close. Meanwhile, Rakuten Inc (T:4755) added 2.78% or 27.0 points to end at 998.0 and NEC Corp. (T:6701) was up 2.38% or 120.0 points to 5170.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003), which fell 6.35% or 29.0 points to trade at 428.0 at the close. J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086) declined 6.25% or 54.0 points to end at 810.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T:4324) was down 5.38% or 145.0 points to 2550.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2665 to 871 and 149 ended unchanged.

Shares in Olympus Corp. (T:7733) rose to 3-years highs; gaining 11.15% or 214.0 to 2132.5. Shares in NEC Corp. (T:6701) rose to 5-year highs; up 2.38% or 120.0 to 5170.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 28.90.

Crude oil for August delivery was down 1.03% or 0.39 to $37.62 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.89% or 0.36 to hit $39.95 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.80 to trade at $1777.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 107.06, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 120.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 97.233.

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