Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.54%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.54%
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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 added 0.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which rose 6.38% or 34.0 points to trade at 567.0 at the close. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) added 5.89% or 108.0 points to end at 1943.0 and Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) was up 4.95% or 27.0 points to 573.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hino Motors, Ltd. (T: 7205 ), which lost 12.37% or 127.0 points to trade at 900.0 in late trade. Kuraray Co., Ltd. (T: 3405 ) declined 4.13% or 46.0 points to end at 1067.0 and Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) shed 1.65% or 133.0 points to 7942.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2321 to 1185 and 241 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.87.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.10% or 0.05 to $48.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.14% or 0.07 to hit $51.31 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.14% or 2.70 to trade at $1880.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 103.56, while EUR/JPY rose 0.22% to 126.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 90.108.

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