Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.70% to hit a new 1-month high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:5714), which rose 10.57% or 335.0 points to trade at 3505.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003) added 7.17% or 39.0 points to end at 583.0 and Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T:7202) was up 7.08% or 67.3 points to 1017.5 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd (T:5019), which fell 4.66% or 119.0 points to trade at 2436.0 at the close. Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035) declined 3.55% or 805.0 points to end at 21890.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) was down 3.05% or 160.0 points to 5090.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2435 to 1179 and 180 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.73.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 1.98% or 0.68 to $33.67 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 1.99% or 0.72 to hit $35.45 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.50% or 8.45 to trade at $1697.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.00% to 107.52, while EUR/JPY fell 0.22% to 117.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 99.200.

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