Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.70%
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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 0.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Haseko Corp (T: 1808 ), which rose 4.10% or 61.00 points to trade at 1548.00 at the close. Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) added 3.96% or 166.0 points to end at 4353.0 and Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) was up 3.96% or 240.0 points to 6300.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ), which lost 4.19% or 19.0 points to trade at 435.0 in late trade. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T: 4507 ) declined 3.14% or 222.0 points to end at 6857.0 and Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 9064 ) shed 2.29% or 44.0 points to 1876.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2118 to 1409 and 261 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.96.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.62% or 0.36 to $58.02 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.50% or 0.32 to hit $64.27 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.29% or 4.45 to trade at $1553.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 110.02, while EUR/JPY rose 0.12% to 121.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 97.430.

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