Japan Stocks Increases at Close of Trade; Nikkei 225 Increase 0.23%

After the close on Thursday, Japan stocks increased as gains in the Construction, Paper & Pulp and Services sectors led shares higher.



After the close on Thursday, Japan stocks increased as gains in the Construction, Paper & Pulp and Services sectors led shares higher.

The Nikkei 225 increased 0.23% at the close in Tokyo.

The poorest performers of the session were DeNA Co Ltd (T:2432), which decline 5.45% or 138.0 points to trade at 2392.0 at the close. The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T:5631) dropped 2.44% or 46.0 points to end at 1843.0 and Concordia Financial Group Ltd (T:7186) declined 1.90% or 10.3 points to 531.7.

The top performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Toshiba Corp. (T:6502), which increased 6.75% or 13.1 points to trade at 207.2 at the close. Temporarily, Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd.(T:5301) added 4.20% or 20.0 points to end at 496.0 and Nippon Meat Packers, Inc.(T:2282) increased 3.39% or 105.0 points to 3205.0 in late trade.

Decreasing stocks outnumbered progressing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1634 to 1383 and 325 ended unaffected.

The Nikkei Volatility, which gauges the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, increased  19.63% to 18.65.

Delivery of crude oil for May increased 0.50% or 0.24 to $48.28 a barrel.

Somewhere else in commodities trading, delivery of Brent oil in May increased 0.45% or 0.23 to hit $50.87 a barrel, although the April Gold Futures contract drop 0.21% or 2.65 to trade at $1247.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY increased  0.01% to 111.17, while EUR/JPY declined 0.01% to 120.01.

The US Dollar Index Futures increased 0.04% at 99.52.

On Additional News

Taiwan stocks increased after the close on Thursday, as increases in the  Construction, Electricity and Textile sectors led shares higher.  At the close in Taiwan, the Taiwan Weighted increased 0.08%.

The top performers of the session on the Taiwan Weighted were I-Hwa Industrial Co Ltd (TW:1456), which surge 10.00% or 1.15 points to trade at 12.65 at the close. In the meantime,Lung Hwa Eltrs (TW:2424) added 10.00% or 3.00 points to end at 33.00 and Champion(TW:1806) increased 10.00% or 0.79 points to 8.69 in late trade.

Increasing stocks outnumbered dropping ones on the Taiwan Stock Exchange by 426 to 332 and 121 ended unmoved.

The poorest performers of the session were Hiwin (TW:2049), which declines l 7.33% or 15.00 points to trade at 189.50 at the close. Zhen Ding (TW:4958) dropped 5.32% or 4.10 points to end at 73.00 and Falcon Power Co Ltd (TW:1516) declined 5.00% or 1.10 points to 20.90.

Shares in Lung Hwa Eltrs (TW:2424) increased to 52-week peaks; increasing 10.00% or 3.00 to 33.00. Shares in Champion (TW:1806) surge  to 52-week peaks; up 10.00% or 0.79 to 8.69.

USD/TWD declined 0.04% to 30.481, while TWD/CNY increased 0.04% to 0.2261.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 99.48.

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