On Friday, the Japanese stock market closed higher due to gains in the Marine Transport, Transportation Equipment, and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors. The Nikkei 225 index rose by 0.90% to reach a new 52-week high at the end of trading in Tokyo.
The best-performing companies on the Nikkei 225 were Kobe Steel, Ltd., which rose by 11.96% to close at 1,142.00, Sumitomo Realty & Development Co., which added 8.08% to end at 3,372.00, and Sapporo Holdings Ltd., which was up 6.74% to close at 3,960.00.
The worst performers were Casio Computer Co., Ltd., which fell by 6.36% to trade at 1,252.00, Trend Micro Inc., which declined by 4.05% to close at 6,390.00, and Tosoh Corp., which was down 3.89% to end at 1,705.00. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, with 1869 stocks declining, 1749 rising, and 221 remaining unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.92% to 15.62. In commodities trading, crude oil for June delivery was down 0.41% to $70.58 a barrel, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.49% to $74.61 a barrel, and the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.19% to trade at $2,016.60 a troy ounce. The currency exchange rate USD/JPY rose by 0.25% to 134.88, while EUR/JPY rose 0.38% to 147.40. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 101.81.