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At the close of trading, Japanese stocks fell; the Nikkei 225 fell 0.12%.

After the market closed on Thursday, Japan’s equities declined as a result of losses in the banking, precision instruments, and real estate industries.

The Nikkei 225 declined 0.12% as of the Tokyo market’s closure.

On the Nikkei 225, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7912), which increased 4.33% or 130.00 points to close trading at 3,130.00, was the best performer of the session. Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5232) was up 3.09% or 100.00 points to 3,340.00 in the late afternoon, and Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (TYO: 5233) gained 3.26% or 69.00 points to close at 2,185.00.

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO:9107), which lost 4.11% or 118.00 points to close at 2,754.00, was the poorest performer of the session. Nippon Yusen K.K. (TYO: 9111) was down 2.38% or 77.00 points to 3,165.00, and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (TYO: 9104) was down 3.24% or 110.00 points to finish at 3,285.00.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, declining equities outpaced gaining ones by 1866 to 1640, while 313 closed unchanged.

Shares of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7912) increased by 4.33% or $130.00 to reach 5-year highs.

Nikkei Volatility, a gauge of implied volatility for Nikkei 225 options, fell 1.02% to 17.51.

Crude oil for March delivery increased by 0.29 cents, or 0.36 percent, to $80.44 a barrel. Brent oil for March delivery increased by 0.19% or 0.16 to hit $86.28 per barrel in other commodity trading, while the February gold futures contract decreased by 0.02% or 0.45 to trade at $1,942.15 per troy ounce.

While EUR/JPY increased 0.06% to 141.52, USD/JPY fell 0.01% to 129.57.

At 101.41, the US Dollar Index Futures were down 0.01%.

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