Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.24%

16 Apr 2019

Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.24%

– Japan stocks were higher after the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Shipbuilding, Machinery and Mining sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.24% to hit a new 3-months high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366), which rose 15.50% or 51.0 points to trade at 380.0 at the close. Meanwhile, KDDI Corp. (T:9433) added 5.85% or 139.5 points to end at 2524.5 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T:9437) was up 3.56% or 82.0 points to 2386.5 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:4506), which fell 3.73% or 95.0 points to trade at 2449.0 at the close. Oji Holdings Corp. (T:3861) declined 3.27% or 23.0 points to end at 681.0 and Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T:8729) was down 2.15% or 51.0 points to 2323.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2051 to 1400 and 252 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.31% to 15.24 a new 6-months low.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.11% or 0.07 to $63.33 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.25% or 0.18 to hit $71.00 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.24% or 3.15 to trade at $1288.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.10% to 111.92, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 126.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.562.

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