Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.16%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.16%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.16%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ), which rose 5.94% or 107.0 points to trade at 1907.0 at the close. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) added 2.77% or 375.0 points to end at 13930.0 and Z Holdings Corp (T: 4689 ) was up 2.74% or 17.6 points to 659.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ), which lost 2.13% or 75.0 points to trade at 3445.0 in late trade. Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 5901 ) declined 2.04% or 29.0 points to end at 1391.0 and Aeon Co., Ltd. (T: 8267 ) shed 1.81% or 50.0 points to 2720.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2113 to 1412 and 259 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.56.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.27% or 0.19 to $71.31 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.05% or 0.04 to hit $74.02 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.10% or 1.70 to trade at $1787.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.07% to 114.15, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 128.60.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.570.

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