Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.51%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 4.51%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nichirei Corp. (T:2871), which rose 6.02% or 156.0 points to trade at 2749.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Oji Holdings Corp. (T:3861) added 5.41% or 29.0 points to end at 565.0 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T:9437) was up 3.87% or 123.0 points to 3305.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T:9983), which fell 13.16% or 6640.0 points to trade at 43800.0 at the close. Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T:8804) declined 12.77% or 158.0 points to end at 1079.0 and Marubeni Corp. (T:8002) was down 11.79% or 73.5 points to 550.1.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2441 to 1242 and 115 ended unchanged.

Shares in NTT Docomo, Inc. (T:9437) rose to 5-year highs; rising 3.87% or 123.0 to 3305.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 48.28.

Crude oil for May delivery was down 3.27% or 0.80 to $23.69 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 2.52% or 0.69 to hit $26.70 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.86% or 14.05 to trade at $1619.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.69% to 110.42, while EUR/JPY fell 0.38% to 120.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 100.732.

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