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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.30%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.30% to hit a new 52-week low.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T:7202), which rose 7.91% or 102.00 points to trade at 1,391.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Fujitsu Ltd. (T:6702) added 5.54% or 840.00 points to end at 16,000.00 and Hitachi Ltd (T:6501) was up 4.78% or 228.00 points to 4,998.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501), which fell 7.00% or 25.00 points to trade at 332.00 at the close. Kikkoman Corp. (T:2801) declined 6.67% or 560.00 points to end at 7,840.00 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T:7752) was down 4.91% or 47.00 points to 910.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2034 to 1517 and 220 ended unchanged.

Shares in Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T:7752) fell to 52-week lows; losing 4.91% or 47.00 to 910.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 6.54% to 29.82 a new 1-month high.

Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.60% or 1.98 to $125.68 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 1.97% or 2.52 to hit $130.50 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.30% or 6.05 to trade at $2,049.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.15% to 115.83, while EUR/JPY rose 0.33% to 126.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 98.96.

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