Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%

Financial Eye – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 0.66%.

The best performers of the session on the were Nikon Corp. (TYO:), which rose 7.25% or 108.00 points to trade at 1,598.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Yusen K.K (TYO:) added 6.40% or 680.00 points to end at 11,310.00 and Toyota Tsusho Corp. (TYO:) was up 5.31% or 245.00 points to 4,855.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO:), which fell 3.02% or 76.00 points to trade at 2,441.00 at the close. Marubeni Corp. (TYO:) declined 2.56% or 35.00 points to end at 1,334.50 and Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO:) was down 2.20% or 58.00 points to 2,573.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2180 to 1327 and 245 ended unchanged.

Shares in Nikon Corp. (TYO:) rose to 3-years highs; rising 7.25% or 108.00 to 1,598.00.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.29% to 23.50.

Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.20% or 0.23 to $113.86 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.12% or 0.14 to hit $114.03 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.44% or 8.21 to trade at $1,855.81 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 127.11, while EUR/JPY rose 0.22% to 136.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 101.61.