Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.49%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.49%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T:4507), which rose 10.60% or 584.0 points to trade at 6091.0 at the close. Meanwhile, NEC Corp. (T:6701) added 6.49% or 285.0 points to end at 4675.0 and The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (T:5101) was up 5.95% or 83.0 points to 1478.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003), which fell 12.76% or 79.0 points to trade at 540.0 at the close. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541) declined 6.52% or 105.0 points to end at 1506.0 and Konica Minolta, Inc. (T:4902) was down 5.93% or 24.0 points to 381.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1884 to 1662 and 195 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 28.01 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for June delivery was down 1.71% or 0.44 to $25.34 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 2.90% or 0.87 to hit $29.11 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.75 to trade at $1705.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 107.02, while EUR/JPY fell 0.14% to 116.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 100.037.

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