Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.09%

Investing.com – May 26, 2016 – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the MiningTransportation Equipment and Shipbuilding sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T:7211), which rose 5.30% or 29.0 points to trade at 576.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Haseko Corp (T:1808) added 5.19% or 61.0 points to end at 1236.0 and Toshiba Corp. (T:6502) was up 4.49% or 10.3 points to 239.8 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406), which fell 4.04% or 4.0 points to trade at 95.0 at the close. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) declined 3.97% or 10.0 points to end at 242.0 and Softbank Corp. (T:9984) was down 3.72% or 231.0 points to 5975.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 940 to 877 and 180 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.08% to 26.19.

Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.73% or 0.36 to $49.92 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.92% or 0.46 to hit $50.20 a barrel, while the June Gold contract rose 0.46% or 5.65 to trade at $1229.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.40% to 109.74, while EUR/JPY fell 0.24% to 122.61.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.19% at 95.22.

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