Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.85%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.85%
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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 0.85% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ), which rose 7.21% or 54.0 points to trade at 803.0 at the close. Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ) added 5.30% or 300.0 points to end at 5960.0 and Bridgestone Corp. (T: 5108 ) was up 5.12% or 190.0 points to 3900.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included GS Yuasa Corp. (T: 6674 ), which lost 5.02% or 165.0 points to trade at 3120.0 in late trade. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) declined 4.70% or 104.0 points to end at 2110.0 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) shed 4.70% or 51.0 points to 1035.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2041 to 1495 and 212 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.48.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.26% or 0.14 to $53.05 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.11% or 0.06 to hit $56.12 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.82% or 15.30 to trade at $1839.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.19% to 104.05, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 126.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 90.358.

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