Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.20%

Pedestrians walk past an electronic board showing Japan's Nikkei average outside a brokerage in Tokyo April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

Investing.com – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp, Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.20%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983), which rose 3.19% or 2160.0 points to trade at 69810.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T:8804) added 2.23% or 29.0 points to end at 1331.0 and Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:5706) was up 1.72% or 42.0 points to 2488.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T:6506), which fell 3.93% or 140.0 points to trade at 3425.0 at the close. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) declined 2.88% or 42.0 points to end at 1415.0 and Rakuten Inc (T:4755) was down 2.86% or 34.0 points to 1156.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2308 to 1217 and 219 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983) rose to all time highs; up 3.19% or 2160.0 to 69810.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.50 a new 52-week low.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.71% or 0.43 to $60.63 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.77% or 0.51 to hit $67.03 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.44% or 6.25 to trade at $1412.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 108.34, while EUR/JPY fell 0.00% to 122.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 96.542.