Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.31%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.31%
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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 gained 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nitto Denko Co (T: 6988 ), which rose 7.91% or 740.0 points to trade at 10100.0 at the close. Canon Inc (T: 7751 ) added 6.72% or 156.0 points to end at 2478.0 and Seiko Epson Cor (T: 6724 ) was up 5.55% or 96.0 points to 1826.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Odakyu Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9007 ), which lost 3.34% or 105.0 points to trade at 3035.0 in late trade. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) declined 2.97% or 270.0 points to end at 8830.0 and Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ) shed 2.93% or 19.0 points to 630.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2076 to 1436 and 218 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.90.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.74% or 0.39 to $53.00 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.66% or 0.37 to hit $56.01 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 4.10 to trade at $1846.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.10% to 103.70, while EUR/JPY rose 0.05% to 126.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 90.233.

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