Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.12%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.12% to hit a new 5-year high.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406), which rose 17.47% or 94.0 points to trade at 632.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) added 12.66% or 51.0 points to end at 454.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T:6366) was up 9.84% or 36.0 points to 402.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AGC Inc (T:5201), which fell 2.97% or 115.0 points to trade at 3755.0 at the close. Sony Corp (T:6758) declined 2.85% or 355.0 points to end at 12095.0 and Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269) was down 2.58% or 132.0 points to 4978.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2548 to 1045 and 158 ended unchanged.

Shares in Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T:5406) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 17.47% or 94.0 to 632.0. Shares in Unitika, Ltd. (T:3103) rose to 52-week highs; rising 12.66% or 51.0 to 454.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.79.

Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.06% or 0.60 to $57.45 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.65% or 0.39 to hit $59.95 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 4.30 to trade at $1817.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 105.50, while EUR/JPY rose 0.04% to 127.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 91.058.

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