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Title: Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.22%

Feb 16, 2022 02:35 AM ET

By: AnalysisWatch

Japanese stocks rose after the close on Wednesday as gains in the mining, chemicals, oil, plastics, and retail sectors led the gains.

The Nikkei 225 index gained 2.22% at the close of trading in Tokyo.

Bridgestone Corp. was the best performer within the Nikkei 225 index, rising 7.39%, or 362.0 points, to close trading at 5263.0 points. Meanwhile, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. added 6.55%, or 470.0 points, to end at 7650.0 points, and Japan Steel Works, Ltd. rose 6.45%, or 225.0 points, to 3715.0 points at the close of trading.

Inpex Corp. was the worst performer during the session, falling 3.40%, or 40.0 points, to trade at 1138.0 points at the close of trading. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. dropped 2.62%, or 146.0 points, to close at 5423.0 points, and JGC Corp. fell 2.40%, or 27.0 points, to close at 1096.0 points.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, rising stocks outnumbered falling ones by a ratio of 2,728 to 843, and 218 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of options on the Nikkei 225, rose 21.21% to 26.63 points.

Oil for March delivery rose 0.53%, or $0.49, to $92.56 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent crude for April delivery rose 0.47%, or 0.44%, to $93.72 per barrel, while the April gold futures contract rose 0.02%, or 0.30%, to trade at $1,856.50 per troy ounce.

The AUD/JPY rate increased by 0.05% to 115.68, while the EUR/JPY rate increased by 0.15% to 131.50.

Futures on the US dollar index fell 0.09% to 95.905.

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