Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Construction, Finance & Investment and Gas & Water sectors led shares lower.
Japan’s Nikkei (N225) shed 1.18 percent, with office equipment maker Ricoh down more than 5 percent on news it was conducting impairment tests.
The worst performers of the session were Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd., which fell 5.17% or 80.0 points to trade at 1468.0 at the close. Kajima Corp declined 3.97% or 41.0 points to end at 992.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. was down 3.92% or 47.0 points to 1151.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2359 to 1012 and 180 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.69% to 22.96.
On the technical charts, Nikkei 225 is trading in the negative and is trading below all the moving averages (9 day, 20 day, 50 day, 100 day, and 200 day). The RSI is at 41.38 and the MACD is above the signal line. The market is expected to trade in the negative zone for the day.
Buy digital Put options between 21625 and 21500, valid until 23:00 GMT February 22nd, 2018.