Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44% By

© Reuters. Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44% – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the , and sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the lost 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:), which rose 6.23% or 24.0 points to trade at 409.0 at the close. Fujitsu Ltd. (T:) added 4.73% or 765.0 points to end at 16950.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T:) was up 4.43% or 300.0 points to 7075.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:), which lost 3.66% or 320.0 points to trade at 8420.0 in late trade. JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:) declined 3.40% or 35.0 points to end at 995.0 and Tokyu Fudosan (T:) shed 2.92% or 17.0 points to 565.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2070 to 1460 and 215 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.71.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.20% or 0.64 to $52.49 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.03% or 0.58 to hit $55.52 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 6.50 to trade at $1859.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.19% to 103.67, while EUR/JPY rose 0.13% to 126.02.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 90.237.

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