Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.59%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.59% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T:7201), which rose 7.25% or 28.3 points to trade at 418.6 at the close. Meanwhile, Dentsu Inc. (T:4324) added 5.48% or 136.0 points to end at 2618.0 and JGC Corp. (T:1963) was up 5.37% or 60.0 points to 1178.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:4523), which fell 1.79% or 154.0 points to trade at 8461.0 at the close. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T:4151) declined 1.32% or 36.0 points to end at 2698.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:5301) was down 0.71% or 7.0 points to 984.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2765 to 754 and 175 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.43.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.92% or 0.37 to $40.66 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.82% or 0.35 to hit $43.25 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.06% or 1.00 to trade at $1812.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 107.08, while EUR/JPY rose 0.05% to 122.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 96.010.

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