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Nikkei 225 closes up 1.20%, boosting Japanese stocks

On Friday, Japan’s stock market closed with gains in the Banking, Insurance, and Shipbuilding sectors leading the way. The Nikkei 225 rose by 1.20% at the close in Tokyo.

Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. (TYO:9001) was the top performer of the session on the Nikkei 225, rising by 4.44% or 135.00 points to trade at 3,175.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (TYO:4568) added 3.60% or 159.00 points to end at 4,579.00 and Sony Corp (TYO:6758) was up 3.52% or 395.00 points to 11,630.00 in late trade.


On the other hand, Taisei Corp. (TYO:1801) was the worst performer of the session, falling by 8.13% or 360.00 points to trade at 4,070.00 at the close. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (TYO:5202) declined by 2.41% or 15.00 points to end at 608.00, and Kajima Corp. (TYO:1812) was down 2.06% or 33.00 points to 1,571.00.

Rising stocks on the Tokyo Stock Exchange outnumbered declining ones by 2646 to 957, while 222 ended unchanged. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 9.76% to 19.42.

In commodities trading, crude oil for April delivery was up 0.64% or 0.44 to $68.79 a barrel. Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.63% or 0.47 to hit $75.17 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.56% or 10.75 to trade at $1,933.75 a troy ounce.

The USD/JPY was down 0.50% to 133.05, while the EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 141.89. The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 103.65.



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