Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Shipbuilding, Non-Metal Minerals and Steel sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.99%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T:4502), which rose 7.05% or 262.0 points to trade at 3980.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) added 6.71% or 21.0 points to end at 334.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T:7752) was up 5.01% or 53.0 points to 1110.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (T:6703), which fell 5.59% or 82.0 points to trade at 1384.0 at the close. Showa Denko K.K. (T:4004) declined 4.48% or 175.0 points to end at 3730.0 and Tokyo Dome Corp. (T:9681) was down 4.39% or 45.0 points to 980.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2481 to 1039 and 190 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.74% to 21.23.
Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.02% or 0.01 to $51.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $60.16 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.00% or 0.05 to trade at $1249.95 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.17% to 113.47, while EUR/JPY rose 0.30% to 129.17.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 96.933.