TOKYO: Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Transportation Equipment, Gas & Water and Steel sectors led shares lower. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.42% to hit a new 3-months low.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pioneer Corp. (T:6773), which rose 4.02% or 8.0 points to trade at 207.0 at the close. Meanwhile, The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. (T:8355) added 2.62% or 24.0 points to end at 940.0 and Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) was up 2.47% or 2.0 points to 83.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:5413), which fell 6.35% or 91.0 points to trade at 1342.0 at the close. Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406) declined 5.39% or 71.0 points to end at 1245.5 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:5411) was down 4.37% or 94.0 points to 2059.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1606 to 1533 and 315 ended unchanged. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 5.09% to 15.47. Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.52% or 0.25 to $48.16 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.44% or 0.23 to hit $52.34 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.26% or 3.41 to trade at $1291.29 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was up 0.30% to 109.36, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 128.92. The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 93.29.