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Japan Stocks Decline, Nikkei 225 Drops 1.32%

On Thursday, Japan’s stock market experienced a downturn, with losses primarily observed in the Marine Transport, Manufacturing, and Fishery sectors, contributing to the overall decline in shares.

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At the close of trading in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell by 1.32%, marking a new one-month low.

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Among the top performers on the Nikkei 225 during the session were Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (TYO:8233), which saw a 4.66% increase or 114.00 points to reach 2,561.50 at the close, and GS Yuasa Corp. (TYO:6674), which gained 4.37% or 135.00 points, closing at 3,225.00. DeNA Co Ltd (TYO:2432) also experienced a rise of 2.82% or 39.00 points, ending at 1,423.50.

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Conversely, the session’s worst performers included Advantest Corp. (TYO:6857), which saw a decline of 6.11% or 346.00 points to trade at 5,319.00 by the close, and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (TYO:4021), which dropped by 4.96% or 225.00 points to reach 4,309.00. Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO:9501) also saw a decline of 4.40% or 40.80 points, closing at 885.50.

On the Tokyo Stock Exchange, rising stocks slightly outnumbered declining ones, with 1813 stocks rising, 1795 falling, and 251 ending unchanged.

Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (TYO:8233) saw its shares reach five-year highs, rising by 4.66% or 114.00 points to 2,561.50. Similarly, shares in GS Yuasa Corp. (TYO:6674) reached three-year highs, increasing by 4.37% or 135.00 points to 3,225.00. On the other hand, shares in Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (TYO:4021) fell to three-year lows, declining by 4.96% or 225.00 points to 4,309.00.

The Nikkei Volatility, reflecting the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, decreased by 3.28% to 16.23, marking a new six-month low.

In commodities trading, crude oil for July delivery declined by 0.29% to $79.00 a barrel, while Brent oil for August delivery fell by 0.31% to $83.17 a barrel. Additionally, the August Gold Futures contract decreased by 0.60% to trade at $2,350.00 a troy ounce.

The USD/JPY currency pair was down by 0.48% at 156.85, and the EUR/JPY pair fell by 0.58% to 169.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures showed a marginal increase of 0.02%, reaching 105.06.

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