Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.90%

Category: Stock Market

Japan stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining, Insurance and Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic sectors led shares higher.At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.90%.The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sharp Corp. (T:6753), which rose 19.25% or 23.0 points to trade at 142.5 at the close. Meanwhile, Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T:6302) added 8.21% or 39.0 points to end at 514.0 and T&D Holdings, Inc. (T:8795) was up 7.78% or 82.0 points to 1136.0 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735), which fell 4.39% or 51.0 points to trade at 1110.5 at the close. Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T:3865) declined 3.78% or 26.0 points to end at 661.0 and Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T:5232) was down 3.66% or 18.0 points to 474.0.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 982 to 946 and 129 ended unchanged.The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.15% to 20.44.Crude oil for September delivery was down 0.69% or 0.32 to $46.26 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.95% or 0.47 to hit $48.76 a barrel, while the December Gold contract fell 0.73% or 9.85 to trade at $1347.05 a troy ounce.USD/JPY was up 0.65% to 100.95, while EUR/JPY rose 0.49% to 113.67.The US Dollar Index was up 0.25% at 94.99.

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