Thursday, December 14, 2017

© Reuters.  Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.35%© Reuters. Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.35%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Insurance, Food and Railway & Bus sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.35% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T:4519), which rose 6.23% or 295.0 points to trade at 5030.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Komatsu Ltd. (T:6301) added 5.05% or 166.0 points to end at 3455.0 and Softbank Corp. (T:9984) was up 3.61% or 343.0 points to 9836.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:5706), which fell 4.95% or 300.0 points to trade at 5755.0 at the close. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T:4507) declined 4.38% or 278.0 points to end at 6066.0 and Familymart Ltd (T:8028) was down 3.31% or 210.0 points to 6140.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1884 to 1353 and 253 ended unchanged.

Shares in Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T:4519) rose to all time highs; up 6.23% or 295.0 to 5030.0. Shares in Komatsu Ltd. (T:6301) rose to 5-year highs; up 5.05% or 166.0 to 3455.0. Shares in Softbank Corp. (T:9984) rose to all time highs; gaining 3.61% or 343.0 to 9836.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.06% to 15.36.

Crude oil for November delivery was down 0.76% or 0.39 to $50.91 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in December fell 0.49% or 0.28 to hit $56.66 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.78% or 10.02 to trade at $1298.92 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 112.26, while EUR/JPY fell 0.17% to 133.17.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 92.77.

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