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Japanese equities were up at the close of trading; the Nikkei 225 gained 0.07%.

After the market closed on Friday, Japanese equities rose as increases in the steel, shipbuilding, and transportation equipment sectors drove up stock prices.

The Nikkei 225 gained 0.07% in Tokyo when the market closed.


On the Nikkei 225, Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (TYO:4063), which increased 4.09% or 720.00 points to close trading at 18,305.00, was the top performance of the session. Chiba Bank Ltd. (TYO:8331) went up 2.99% or 29.00 points to 998.00 in late session, and Yaskawa Electric Corp. (TYO:6506) went up 3.70% or 180.00 points to close at 5,050.00.

Nippon Yusen K.K. (TYO: 9111), which lost 3.95% or 125.00 points to end at 3,040.00, was the worst-performing stock of the day. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO:9107) was down 3.05% or 84.00 points to 2,670.00, while Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (TYO:9104) was down 3.65% or 120.00 points to finish at 3,165.00.

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

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, advancing equities outpaced falling ones by a margin of 1818 to 1706, while 279 finished unchanged.

Yaskawa Electric Corp. (TYO:6506) stock increased by 3.70% or 180.00 to reach 52-week highs.

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


A barrel of crude oil for March delivery increased by 0.37 percent, or 0.46%. In other commodity trades, March delivery Brent oil increased 0.37 percent or 0.32 cents to trade at $87.79 per barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract decreased 0.23 percent or 4.50 cents to close at $1,925.50 per troy ounce.

While EUR/JPY slipped 0.22% to 141.48, USD/JPY was down 0.13% at 130.04.

At 101.72, the US Dollar Index Futures were up 0.08%.


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