Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.95%
Japan stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Steel, Finance & Investment and Automobiles & Parts sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.95%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Asahi Kasei Corp. (T:3407), which rose 2.88% or 31.5 points to trade at 1125.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Toshiba Corp. (T:6502) added 2.58% or 6.6 points to end at 262.4 and Advantest Corp. (T:6857) was up 2.33% or 48.0 points to 2106.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Astellas Pharma Inc. (T:4503), which fell 4.10% or 58.0 points to trade at 1356.0 at the close. Hino Motors, Ltd. (T:7205) declined 3.88% or 51.0 points to end at 1264.0 and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T:4519) was down 3.55% or 155.0 points to 4210.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2514 to 595 and 243 ended unchanged.
Shares in Astellas Pharma Inc. (T:4503) fell to 52-week lows; losing 4.10% or 58.0 to 1356.0.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.92% to 14.31.
Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.42% or 0.20 to $47.20 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.42% or 0.21 to hit $49.26 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.73% or 9.33 to trade at $1292.03 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.74% to 109.65, while EUR/JPY fell 0.78% to 123.36.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.66.