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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.53%

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At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 2.53% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T:5232), which rose 8.86% or 295.0 points to trade at 3625.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:7762) added 4.21% or 22.0 points to end at 544.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T:2871) was up 1.94% or 51.0 points to 2684.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T:9009), which fell 6.03% or 215.0 points to trade at 3350.0 at the close. IHI Corp. (T:7013) declined 5.69% or 140.0 points to end at 2322.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541) was down 5.39% or 121.0 points to 2124.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 3168 to 475 and 134 ended unchanged.

Shares in Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:7762) rose to 52-week highs; rising 4.21% or 22.0 to 544.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.54.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 4.01% or 3.14 to $75.25 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 3.42% or 2.81 to hit $79.41 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 1.03% or 18.40 to trade at $1802.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.81% to 114.42, while EUR/JPY fell 0.54% to 128.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 96.620.

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