Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Pharmaceutical Industry, Retail and Power sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.31%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801), which rose 4.19% or 111.0 points to trade at 2762.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Fujikura Ltd. (T:5803) added 3.55% or 15.0 points to end at 437.0 and Toshiba Corp. (T:6502) was up 3.47% or 104.0 points to 3100.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086), which fell 8.96% or 124.0 points to trade at 1260.0 at the close. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:4506) declined 5.54% or 205.0 points to end at 3495.0 and Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T:2501) was down 4.78% or 115.0 points to 2293.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1969 to 1588 and 170 ended unchanged.
Shares in J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:3086) fell to 52-week lows; falling 8.96% or 124.0 to 1260.0.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 11.00% to 27.51.
Crude oil for February delivery was up 2.91% or 1.30 to $45.91 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 2.39% or 1.26 to hit $53.99 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.06% or 0.80 to trade at $1280.30 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.47% to 110.48, while EUR/JPY fell 0.25% to 126.62.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 95.917.