Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.37%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.37%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Inpex Corp. (T:1605), which rose 4.51% or 26.6 points to trade at 616.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:9064) added 3.46% or 58.0 points to end at 1734.0 and Familymart Ltd (T:8028) was up 2.59% or 48.0 points to 1899.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086), which fell 8.15% or 71.0 points to trade at 800.0 at the close. Seiko Epson Cor (T:6724) declined 7.39% or 80.0 points to end at 1002.0 and Subaru Corp (T:7270) was down 7.20% or 145.0 points to 1868.5.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2978 to 675 and 117 ended unchanged.

Shares in Subaru Corp (T:7270) fell to 5-year lows; losing 7.20% or 145.0 to 1868.5.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 50.28.

Crude oil for May delivery was up 9.06% or 1.84 to $22.15 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 10.02% or 2.48 to hit $27.22 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 1.08% or 17.25 to trade at $1608.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.09% to 107.25, while EUR/JPY fell 0.03% to 117.43.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 99.582.

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