Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.33%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.33%

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 0.33%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which rose 5.13% or 26.0 points to trade at 533.0 at the close. Trend Micro Inc. (T: 4704 ) added 3.82% or 220.0 points to end at 5980.0 and Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ) was up 3.74% or 180.0 points to 4990.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which lost 5.75% or 131.0 points to trade at 2148.0 in late trade. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) declined 3.89% or 15.0 points to end at 371.0 and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ) shed 3.76% or 23.0 points to 589.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1999 to 1542 and 204 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.40.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.98% or 0.46 to $46.56 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.92% or 0.46 to hit $49.62 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.07% or 1.35 to trade at $1871.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 103.42, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 126.09.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.27% at 90.305.

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