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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.63%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.63% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nikon Corp. (T:7731), which rose 3.16% or 36.0 points to trade at 1177.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) added 3.04% or 11.0 points to end at 373.0 and Olympus Corp. (T:7733) was up 2.96% or 73.0 points to 2539.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T:7201), which fell 5.16% or 30.6 points to trade at 562.9 at the close. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T:5202) declined 4.74% or 25.0 points to end at 502.0 and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:7211) was down 4.44% or 17.0 points to 366.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2456 to 1129 and 185 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.33 a new 6-months high.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 3.33% or 2.33 to $67.62 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 3.46% or 2.53 to hit $70.69 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.44% or 7.80 to trade at $1793.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.36% to 113.11, while EUR/JPY fell 0.11% to 127.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.31% at 96.040.

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