Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.41%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.41%

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 added 0.41%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Daikin Industries, Ltd. (T: 6367 ), which rose 4.47% or 1035.0 points to trade at 24185.0 at the close. Fanuc Corp. (T: 6954 ) added 4.45% or 990.0 points to end at 23235.0 and Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) was up 4.38% or 23.0 points to 548.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included CyberAgent Inc (T: 4751 ), which lost 3.87% or 81.0 points to trade at 2012.0 in late trade. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) declined 3.28% or 12.0 points to end at 354.0 and Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T: 4578 ) shed 2.29% or 95.0 points to 4051.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2059 to 1543 and 178 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.33 a new 6-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 2.39% or 1.58 to $67.76 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 2.73% or 1.89 to hit $71.12 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.55% or 9.75 to trade at $1786.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.30% to 113.46, while EUR/JPY rose 0.19% to 128.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 95.977.

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