TOKYO: Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Trading, Marine Transport and Mining sectors led shares lower. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.18% to hit a new 3-months low. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T:2502), which rose 1.56% or 72.0 points to trade at 4676.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) added 1.22% or 1.0 points to end at 83.0 and Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T:5202) was up 1.08% or 9.0 points to 839.0 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Fujikura Ltd. (T:5803), which fell 3.98% or 37.0 points to trade at 893.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Electric Corp. (T:6503) declined 3.69% or 63.0 points to end at 1643.0 and NKSJ Holdings, Inc. (T:8630) was down 3.35% or 145.0 points to 4180.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2613 to 639 and 213 ended unchanged. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.41% to 14.98.
Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.30% or 0.14 to $47.23 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 0.20% or 0.10 to hit $51.13 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.50% or 6.42 to trade at $1298.82 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was down 0.45% to 109.09, while EUR/JPY fell 0.30% to 128.06.The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.20% at 93.45.