Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.34%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.34%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which rose 3.36% or 180.0 points to trade at 5531.0 at the close. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) added 3.29% or 19.0 points to end at 597.0 and Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) was up 2.88% or 30.0 points to 1072.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 3382 ), which lost 8.75% or 376.0 points to trade at 3920.0 in late trade. Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T: 8804 ) declined 3.15% or 56.0 points to end at 1724.0 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) shed 2.81% or 32.0 points to 1108.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2139 to 1383 and 255 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 17.04.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.58% or 0.31 to $53.80 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.27% or 0.16 to hit $59.28 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.16% or 2.55 to trade at $1609.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.39% to 111.78, while EUR/JPY rose 0.22% to 120.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 99.727.

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