Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.46%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.46%
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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 added 0.46%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ), which rose 8.04% or 265.0 points to trade at 3560.0 at the close. West Japan Railway Co. (T: 9021 ) added 7.66% or 478.0 points to end at 6715.0 and Japan Steel Works Ltd (T: 5631 ) was up 6.53% or 185.0 points to 3020.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ), which lost 2.87% or 68.0 points to trade at 2298.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 2.74% or 52.0 points to end at 1846.0 and Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) shed 2.31% or 15.0 points to 635.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2006 to 1506 and 233 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.00.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.24% or 0.16 to $67.88 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.34% or 0.24 to hit $70.49 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.14% or 2.70 to trade at $1902.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 109.72, while EUR/JPY rose 0.25% to 133.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 89.965.

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