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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.73%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T:4755), which rose 8.64% or 99.0 points to trade at 1245.0 at the close. Meanwhile, CyberAgent Inc (T:4751) added 8.19% or 510.0 points to end at 6740.0 and SUMCO Corp. (T:3436) was up 7.69% or 178.0 points to 2492.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Takara Holdings Inc. (T:2531), which fell 2.28% or 35.0 points to trade at 1500.0 at the close. Tokyu Fudosan (T:3289) declined 2.16% or 15.0 points to end at 681.0 and Konica Minolta, Inc. (T:4902) was down 2.11% or 13.0 points to 602.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2235 to 1279 and 234 ended unchanged.
Shares in Rakuten Inc (T:4755) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 8.64% or 99.0 to 1245.0.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.91.
Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.70% or 0.46 to $65.56 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.63% or 0.44 to hit $69.19 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.84% or 14.40 to trade at $1708.20 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.47% to 109.00, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 130.19.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 91.755.