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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.44%

Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.44%

TOKYO: Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Rubber, Glass and Shipbuilding sectors led shares higher. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.44%. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T:5711), which rose 5.70% or 205.0 points to trade at 3802.4 at the close. Meanwhile, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:5707) added 4.87% or 29.0 points to end at 624.0 and Inpex Corp. (T:1605) was up 4.85% or 53.5 points to 1156.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Amada Co., Ltd. (T:6113), which fell 4.69% or 63.0 points to trade at 1279.0 at the close. Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:7762) declined 3.89% or 28.0 points to end at 692.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T:8331) was down 2.40% or 19.0 points to 773.0. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2177 to 868 and 308 ended unchanged.

Shares in Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:5707) rose to 5-year highs; up 4.87% or 29.0 to 624.0. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 3.58% to 18.53. Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.17% or 0.09 to $53.77 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.09% or 0.05 to hit $56.65 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.29% or 3.55 to trade at $1232.35 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was up 0.38% to 113.62, while EUR/JPY rose 0.33% to 120.80. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.07% at 100.79.