Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.90%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.90%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Konami Corp. (T:9766), which rose 5.66% or 320.0 points to trade at 5970.0 at the close. Meanwhile, ANA Holdings Inc (T:9202) added 3.73% or 88.0 points to end at 2448.0 and Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T:9009) was up 3.48% or 105.0 points to 3125.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035), which fell 6.20% or 3800.0 points to trade at 57510.0 at the close. Inpex Corp. (T:1605) declined 5.99% or 67.0 points to end at 1051.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) was down 5.35% or 640.0 points to 11330.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1861 to 1673 and 243 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.87 a new 1-month high.

Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.32% or 1.13 to $84.42 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.10% or 0.97 to hit $87.41 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.07% or 1.30 to trade at $1841.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 113.85, while EUR/JPY unchanged 0.00% to 129.04.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 95.623.

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