Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.04%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.04%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Gas & Water sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.04% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were JGC Corp. (TYO: 1963 ), which rose 12.05% or 222.00 points to trade at 2,065.00 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (TYO: 6366 ) added 7.98% or 36.00 points to end at 487.00 and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (TYO: 7012 ) was up 7.21% or 201.00 points to 2,988.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Konami Corp. (TYO: 9766 ), which lost 2.56% or 230.00 points to trade at 8,750.00 in late trade. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO: 9107 ) declined 2.43% or 260.00 points to end at 10,420.00 and Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc (TYO: 8750 ) shed 2.16% or 59.50 points to 2,690.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2661 to 837 and 270 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.79% to 19.35.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.40% or 0.48 to $119.89 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.23% or 0.28 to hit $120.85 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.70 to trade at $1,850.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.63% to 133.41, while EUR/JPY rose 0.53% to 142.60.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 102.56.

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