Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70%

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Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the added 0.70%.

The best performers of the session on the were Haseko Corp (T:), which rose 4.10% or 61.00 points to trade at 1548.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T:) added 3.96% or 166.0 points to end at 4353.0 and Advantest Corp. (T:) was up 3.96% or 240.0 points to 6300.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:), which fell 4.19% or 19.0 points to trade at 435.0 at the close. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T:) declined 3.14% or 222.0 points to end at 6857.0 and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 2.29% or 44.0 points to 1876.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2118 to 1409 and 261 ended unchanged.

Shares in Haseko Corp (T:) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.10% or 61.00 to 1548.00. Shares in Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T:) rose to all time highs; rising 3.96% or 166.0 to 4353.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.96.

Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.62% or 0.36 to $58.02 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.50% or 0.32 to hit $64.27 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.29% or 4.45 to trade at $1553.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 110.02, while EUR/JPY rose 0.12% to 121.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 97.430.

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