Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.05%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transport, Fishery and Transportation Equipment sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.05%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Denso Corp. (T:6902), which rose 2.94% or 132.0 points to trade at 4622.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269) added 2.82% or 139.0 points to end at 5072.0 and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T:4021) was up 2.74% or 140.0 points to 5250.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366), which fell 4.41% or 13.0 points to trade at 282.0 at the close. Inpex Corp. (T:1605) declined 4.02% or 44.0 points to end at 1050.0 and Tokyu Fudosan (T:3289) was down 2.84% or 18.0 points to 615.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1883 to 1548 and 250 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.18% to 17.20.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.48% or 0.30 to $62.16 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.62% or 0.43 to hit $68.88 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.45 to trade at $1295.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 111.41, while EUR/JPY fell 0.04% to 125.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 96.688.