Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.82%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.82%
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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 rose 0.82% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ), which rose 5.26% or 160.0 points to trade at 3200.0 at the close. Panasonic Corp (T: 6752 ) added 4.97% or 66.5 points to end at 1404.0 and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ) was up 4.93% or 33.0 points to 702.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which lost 3.04% or 21.0 points to trade at 669.0 in late trade. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7012 ) declined 2.68% or 66.0 points to end at 2398.0 and AGC Inc (T: 5201 ) shed 2.30% or 90.0 points to 3830.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2222 to 1257 and 253 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.71.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.45% or 0.24 to $53.07 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.41% or 0.23 to hit $55.85 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.03% or 0.50 to trade at $1866.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 103.45, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 125.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 90.305.

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