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Nikkei 225 falls 0.13% as Japanese stocks close trading

On Friday, Japan stocks were lower after the close due to losses in the Insurance, Pharmaceutical Industry, and Power sectors, leading shares lower. The Nikkei 225 declined 0.13% at the close in Tokyo. The worst performers of the session were Hitachi Zosen Corp., which fell 4.15%, DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. declined 2.92%, and Terumo Corp. was down 2.79%. In contrast, the best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd., which rose 2.83%, Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. added 2.25%, and SUMCO Corp. was up 2.25% in late trade.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1826 to 1679, and 321 ended unchanged. Shares in Terumo Corp. fell to 52-week lows, down 2.79% to 3,448.00. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 10.18% to 20.48.

In commodities trading, crude oil for May delivery was up 0.44% or 0.31 to $70.27 a barrel. Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.37% or 0.28 to hit $76.19 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.30% or 5.90 to trade at $1,990.00 a troy ounce.

The currency market saw USD/JPY down 0.35% to 130.35, while EUR/JPY fell 0.36% to 141.16. Meanwhile, the US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 102.23.

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