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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.25%

Japan stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment, Insurance and Shipbuilding sectors led shares higher. At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.25%. The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were SUMCO Corp. (TOKYO:3436), which rose 3.50% or 47.0 points to trade at 1391.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Unitika, Ltd. (TOKYO:3103) added 3.45% or 2.0 points to end at 60.0 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (TOKYO:2802) was up 3.05% or 86.0 points to 2906.5 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were Sharp Corp. (TOKYO:6753), which fell 3.49% or 6.0 points to trade at 166.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:7735) declined 2.62% or 19.0 points to end at 705.0 and The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (TOKYO:5101) was down 2.29% or 56.0 points to 2389.0. Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1045 to 836 and 1 ended unchanged. Shares in Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (TOKYO:2802) rose to all time highs; up 3.05% or 86.0 to 2906.5. The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.54% to 16.69. Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.17% or 0.09 to $50.99 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.39% or 0.22 to hit $57.14 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.03% or 0.40 to trade at $1143.50 a troy ounce. USD/JPY was down 0.09% to 124.03, while EUR/JPY fell 0.00% to 135.00. The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 97.68.