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Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.24% – Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the MiningBanking and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.24%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107), which rose 6.24% or 410.0 points to trade at 6980.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Inpex Corp. (T:1605) added 4.57% or 48.0 points to end at 1099.0 and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T:9104) was up 3.88% or 320.0 points to 8560.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003), which fell 9.92% or 39.0 points to trade at 354.0 at the close. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541) declined 4.23% or 98.0 points to end at 2218.0 and Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T:9147) was down 3.33% or 230.0 points to 6680.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2342 to 1239 and 205 ended unchanged.

Shares in Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:7003) fell to 52-week lows; falling 9.92% or 39.0 to 354.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.73% to 25.74.

Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.22% or 0.19 to $84.95 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.11% or 0.10 to hit $86.98 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.35% or 6.50 to trade at $1838.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.10% to 113.79, while EUR/JPY fell 0.23% to 128.62.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.34% at 95.965.


A security guard stands between the logos of Japan Exchange Group Inc. at an entrance of the Tokyo Stock Exchange in Tokyo March 13, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino

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