Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Shipbuilding, Retail and Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.20%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T:3865), which rose 7.78% or 42.0 points to trade at 582.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Oji Holdings Corp. (T:3861) added 4.59% or 27.0 points to end at 615.0 and Nomura Holdings Inc (T:8604) was up 4.07% or 17.8 points to 455.5 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366), which fell 6.39% or 20.0 points to trade at 293.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) declined 5.46% or 275.0 points to end at 4765.0 and Familymart Ltd (T:8028) was down 3.96% or 520.0 points to 12610.0.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2319 to 1158 and 211 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.51% to 22.11.
Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.82% or 0.43 to $51.88 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.72% or 0.44 to hit $60.88 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.04% or 0.55 to trade at $1293.25 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.26% to 108.80, while EUR/JPY fell 0.35% to 123.89.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 95.817.