Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Manufacturing, Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic and Paper&Pulp sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.59%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T:9984), which rose 17.73% or 1500.0 points to trade at 9962.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mazda Motor Corp (T:7261) added 6.38% or 78.0 points to end at 1300.0 and Subaru Corp (T:7270) was up 6.01% or 153.0 points to 2697.5 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T:4188), which fell 6.13% or 55.3 points to trade at 846.5 at the close. Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) declined 5.94% or 31.0 points to end at 491.0 and Marui Group Co., Ltd. (T:8252) was down 5.62% or 120.0 points to 2015.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2542 to 956 and 186 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.53% to 17.30.
Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.44% or 0.24 to $53.77 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.61% or 0.38 to hit $62.31 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.51% or 6.65 to trade at $1307.75 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 110.02, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 124.89.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 96.303.