Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.79%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.79%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104), which rose 5.71% or 220.0 points to trade at 4075.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) added 5.66% or 210.0 points to end at 3920.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was up 4.86% or 121.0 points to 2609.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269), which fell 2.87% or 149.0 points to trade at 5041.0 at the close. Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T:6098) declined 1.59% or 86.0 points to end at 5334.0 and Kikkoman Corp. (T:2801) was down 1.48% or 100.0 points to 6670.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2342 to 1209 and 196 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.41 a new 3-months low.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 1.01% or 0.62 to $60.83 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 1.09% or 0.71 to hit $64.15 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.05% or 0.85 to trade at $1727.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.07% to 110.64, while EUR/JPY fell 0.15% to 129.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 93.078.

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