Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.33%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.33%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Seiko Epson Cor (T:6724), which rose 5.93% or 69.0 points to trade at 1233.0 at the close. Meanwhile, IHI Corp. (T:7013) added 5.27% or 78.0 points to end at 1558.0 and Hino Motors, Ltd. (T:7205) was up 5.05% or 35.0 points to 728.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086), which fell 5.28% or 40.0 points to trade at 718.0 at the close. Nomura Holdings Inc (T:8604) declined 1.47% or 7.2 points to end at 482.4 and NEC Corp. (T:6701) was down 1.34% or 70.0 points to 5170.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1899 to 1592 and 209 ended unchanged.

Shares in J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086) fell to 5-year lows; down 5.28% or 40.0 to 718.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 32.42.

Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.86% or 0.34 to $39.36 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.55% or 0.23 to hit $41.62 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.28% or 5.05 to trade at $1786.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.13% to 107.70, while EUR/JPY fell 0.14% to 120.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 97.680.

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