Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.40%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.40%
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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 gained 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which rose 22.81% or 400.0 points to trade at 2154.0 at the close. Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ) added 4.84% or 413.0 points to end at 8948.0 and Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) was up 4.52% or 272.0 points to 6291.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeon Co., Ltd. (T: 8267 ), which lost 4.85% or 123.0 points to trade at 2410.5 in late trade. Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (T: 4272 ) declined 4.15% or 45.0 points to end at 1039.0 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) shed 3.94% or 17.0 points to 415.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2461 to 1028 and 186 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.32.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.42% or 0.17 to $40.73 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.37% or 0.16 to hit $43.13 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.06% or 1.05 to trade at $1819.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 107.31, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 121.62.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 96.390.

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