Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.09%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.09%
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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 1.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ), which rose 4.51% or 112.0 points to trade at 2594.0 at the close. Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ) added 4.23% or 270.0 points to end at 6650.0 and Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ) was up 4.18% or 148.0 points to 3692.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co. (T: 5703 ), which lost 2.63% or 5.0 points to trade at 185.0 in late trade. Shimizu Corp. (T: 1803 ) declined 2.10% or 20.0 points to end at 934.0 and Hino Motors, Ltd. (T: 7205 ) shed 1.90% or 17.0 points to 876.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1977 to 1581 and 195 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 33.20.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.81% or 0.38 to $47.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.88% or 0.45 to hit $51.58 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.16% or 2.55 to trade at $1640.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 107.31, while EUR/JPY fell 0.17% to 119.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.297.

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