Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.50%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 4.50%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were NEC Corp. (T:6701), which rose 0.89% or 35.0 points to trade at 3980.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (T:8801) added 0.40% or 7.5 points to end at 1878.0 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T:9101) was up 0.23% or 3.0 points to 1289.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T:1332), which fell 9.00% or 43.0 points to trade at 435.0 at the close. Okuma Corp. (T:6103) declined 8.75% or 305.0 points to end at 3180.0 and Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T:6098) was down 8.57% or 239.5 points to 2556.5.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 3284 to 404 and 94 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 55.79.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.78% or 0.16 to $20.32 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 4.67% or 1.23 to hit $25.12 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.54% or 8.55 to trade at $1605.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 107.47, while EUR/JPY fell 0.51% to 117.98.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 99.460.