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Title: Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.44%

Jul 21, 2022 03:35AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment, Electrical/Machinery and Precision Instruments sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.44% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nikon Corp, which rose 3.00% or 46.00 points to trade at 1,580.00 at the close. Meanwhile, GS Yuasa Corp. added 2.68% or 61.00 points to end at 2,340.00 and Nichirei Corp.was up 2.61% or 61.00 points to 2,399.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Shionogi & Co., Ltd, which fell 6.84% or 516.00 points to trade at 7,024.00 at the close. Kobe Steel, Ltd.declined 3.31% or 21.00 points to end at 614.00 and JFE Holdings, Inc. was down 3.22% or 49.00 points to 1,473.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2623 to 923 and 234 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.94% to 21.12 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for September delivery was down 1.02% or 1.02 to $98.86 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.86% or 0.92 to hit $106.00 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.64% or 10.90 to trade at $1,689.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 138.54, while EUR/JPY rose 0.61% to 141.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 106.76

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