Japan’s indices close lower; Nikkei 225 down 1.03%

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The Japan Stock Exchange closed lower on Friday; Sector setbacks Automotive & Components, realtyand electrical/machinery pushed indexes lower.

At the close of Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.03% to a new one-month low.

The best value of the session in the Nikkei 225 was Kansai Electric Power Co Inc, up 5.28%, 63.00 points to 1.00 at the close. It is followed by Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. which advanced 4.77%, 139.00 points, to close at 3.00, and MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, which rose 4.33%, 180.00 points, to dismiss the session at 4.00.

At the bottom of the index ended Advantest Corp. which fell by 4.49%, or 400.00 points, to close at 8.00. Sapporo Holdings Ltd. meanwhile, cut 3.97%, 135.00 points, and closed at 3.00, while Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. fell 3.84%, 22.00 points, to 551.00.

The red numbers prevailed over the greens on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by a difference of 2537 versus 1059, and 242 closed flat.

The shares of Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. rose to a 3-year high, scoring 4.77%, or 139.00, to 3.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the volatility of Nikkei 225 options, fell 3.08% to 20.74.

Crude oil futures for February delivery rose 1.12%, or 0.87, to $78.36 a barrel. As for other commodities, Brent oil futures for February delivery rose 1.61%, 1.30, to $82.28 a barrel, while gold futures for February delivery rose 0.53%, 9.60, to $1.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY rose 0.17% to 132.55, while EUR/JPY advanced 0.39% to 140.73.

The dollar index fell 0.15% to 103.97.

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