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Japan stocks edge lower in the course of Thursday’s session, fueled by declining shares in the sectors of Transportation Equipment, Shipbuilding and Insurance.

Japan’s Nikkei declined by about 0.97% after the market close in Tokyo.

Among the best performers amid Nikkei 225 session were Toshiba Corp., which rallied 5.07% or 14.1 points to changed hands at 292.2 in late trade. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. climbed 4.00% or 45.5 points to settle at 1183.5 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. added 2.67% or 13.0 points to 499.0 after the close.  

NTN Corp. is one of the worst performers amid session, which seen losses of 4.94% or 17.0 points to changed hands at 327.0 in late trade. NSK Ltd. lost 4.37% or 40.0 points to settle at 876.0 and Credit Saison Co., Ltd. dipped 4.13% or 85.0 points to 1971.0 after the market close.

Declining stocks outnumbered increasing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange with a range between 1298 to 562 and 137 remained unchanged.

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The Nikkei Volatility, which gauges the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, rallied 1.64% to 26.66.

Crude oil delivery for July increased 0.76% or 0.39 to end at $51.62 per barrel. In commodities trading, Brent oil delivery for August added 0.59% or 0.31 to settle at $52.82 per barrel. While the Gold contract for August, rallied 0.19% or 2.45 to changed hands at $1264.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY declined 0.22% to 106.75, while EUR/JPY lost 0.23% to 121.66.

The US Dollar Index dipped 0.06% at 93.53.

Australia Stocks Edge Lower

Australia stocks inched lower in the course of Thursday’s session after the market close, boosted by declining shares in the sectors of Telecoms Services, Healthcare and Industrials.

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The S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.03% after the market close in Australia.

Among the best performers amid S&P/ASX 200 session were Sky Network Television Ltd., which rallied 20.48% or 0.850 points to changed hands at 5.000 in late trade. St Barbara Ltd climbed 7.82% or 0.240 points to settle at 3.310 and Regis Resources Ltd increased 7.3% or 0.240 points to 3.490 at the close.   

Amcor Ltd is one of the worst performers of the session, which lost 8.05% or 1.300 points to changed hands at 14.850 in late trade. Incitec Pivot Ltd dipped 4.52% or 0.160 points to settle at 3.380 and Spark New Zealand Ltd dropped 2.75% or 0.090 points to 3.180 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered dropping ones on the Australia Stock Exchange with a range between 600 to 442 and 330 remained unchanged.  

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