Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.44%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501), which rose 6.23% or 24.0 points to trade at 409.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Fujitsu Ltd. (T:6702) added 4.73% or 765.0 points to end at 16950.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T:4911) was up 4.43% or 300.0 points to 7075.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735), which fell 3.66% or 320.0 points to trade at 8420.0 at the close. JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:5411) declined 3.40% or 35.0 points to end at 995.0 and Tokyu Fudosan (T:3289) was down 2.92% or 17.0 points to 565.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2070 to 1460 and 215 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fujitsu Ltd. (T:6702) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 4.73% or 765.0 to 16950.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.71.

Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.20% or 0.64 to $52.49 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.03% or 0.58 to hit $55.52 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.36% or 6.70 to trade at $1859.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.19% to 103.67, while EUR/JPY rose 0.13% to 126.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 90.240.

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