Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.08%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.08%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Gas & Water , Pharmaceutical Industry and Transportation Equipment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (TYO: 8766 ), which rose 2.61% or 200.00 points to trade at 7,859.00 at the close. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5202 ) added 2.60% or 10.00 points to end at 394.00 and Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (TYO: 2501 ) was up 2.60% or 75.00 points to 2,955.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5713 ), which lost 6.00% or 273.00 points to trade at 4,274.00 in late trade. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (TYO: 4507 ) declined 5.57% or 378.00 points to end at 6,408.00 and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (TYO: 6305 ) shed 5.30% or 167.00 points to 2,983.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2089 to 1376 and 276 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.88% to 24.21.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 1.91% or 2.03 to $104.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 1.70% or 1.90 to hit $109.84 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.85 to trade at $1,836.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.52% to 135.54, while EUR/JPY fell 1.01% to 142.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.35% at 104.35.

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