Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.25%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.25%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Mining , Insurance and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.25% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which rose 12.06% or 465.00 points to trade at 4,320.00 at the close. Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (T: 3105 ) added 6.45% or 68.00 points to end at 1,122.00 and Japan Steel Works Ltd (T: 5631 ) was up 3.72% or 135.00 points to 3,760.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 9.61% or 810.00 points to trade at 7,620.00 in late trade. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) declined 7.75% or 860.00 points to end at 10,240.00 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ) shed 7.28% or 860.00 points to 10,950.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1950 to 1586 and 262 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.52% to 24.40 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.28% or 0.32 to $114.61 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.20% or 0.24 to hit $121.84 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.30% or 5.90 to trade at $1,943.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.46% to 121.71, while EUR/JPY rose 0.26% to 133.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.24% at 98.85.

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