Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.99%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.99%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T:2501), which rose 7.54% or 168.0 points to trade at 2395.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:7211) added 6.35% or 20.0 points to end at 335.0 and Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (T:9503) was up 6.29% or 70.5 points to 1190.5 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Panasonic Corp (T:6752), which fell 6.64% or 94.5 points to trade at 1329.5 at the close. Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T:7004) declined 5.21% or 45.0 points to end at 819.0 and GS Yuasa Corp. (T:6674) was down 4.90% or 155.0 points to 3010.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2858 to 709 and 172 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T:2501) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 7.54% or 168.0 to 2395.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 26.89.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.91% or 0.59 to $64.46 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.78% or 0.53 to hit $67.71 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.87% or 14.55 to trade at $1692.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 108.92, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 129.32.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 92.227.

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