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Nikkei 225 was up 0.34 percent at the closure of trade in Japan.

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Japan’s stocks rose after the close on Friday, driven by increases in the Paper & Pulp, Railway & Bus, and Real Estate sectors. The Nikkei 225 closed up 0.34 percent in Tokyo.

Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735) was the highest performer on the Nikkei 225 during the day, rising 4.98 percent or 450.0 points to finish at 9480.0 at the close.

In late trade, Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T:8035) rose 4.40 percent or 2140.0 points to 50750.0, while Japan Steel Works Ltd. (T:5631) up 2.46 percent or 80.0 points to 3335.0. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:5707) was the session’s worst performer, falling 8.84 percent or 310.0 points to close at 3195.0. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541) fell 4.05 percent or 87.0 points to 2060.0, while Z Holdings Corp (T:4689) fell 4.40 percent or 30.5 points to end at 663.1.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, declining equities exceeded advancing ones by a margin of 1829 to 1641, with 278 remaining unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility Index, which gauges the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, remained constant at 20.23 percent. Crude oil for December delivery fell 0.04 percent or 0.03 cents to $82.47 per barrel.

In other commodity trades, Brent oil for December delivery declined 0.12 percent or 0.10 to $84.51 per barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract jumped 0.59 percent or 10.50 to $1792.40 per troy ounce.

The USD/JPY pair gained 0.05 percent to 114.03, while the EUR/JPY pair gained 0.26 percent to 132.79. The US Dollar Index Futures fell 0.16 percent to 93.612.

Story by : Norvisi Mawunyegah