Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.15%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 3.15% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T:6952), which rose 8.49% or 137.0 points to trade at 1751.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Olympus Corp. (T:7733) added 8.39% or 135.0 points to end at 1744.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T:4324) was up 8.37% or 160.0 points to 2072.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were East Japan Railway Co. (T:9020), which fell 2.21% or 184.0 points to trade at 8156.0 at the close. Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (T:9432) declined 2.10% or 55.0 points to end at 2568.0 and Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (T:4901) was down 2.00% or 109.0 points to 5336.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2067 to 1523 and 181 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 36.26 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 7.50% or 1.49 to $18.38 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.11% or 0.03 to hit $27.79 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 1.13% or 19.60 to trade at $1712.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.23% to 107.69, while EUR/JPY fell 0.23% to 116.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 100.140.

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