Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.11%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.11%
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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 gained 1.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ), which rose 6.20% or 330.0 points to trade at 5650.0 at the close. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) added 5.84% or 725.0 points to end at 13135.0 and Itochu Corp. (T: 8001 ) was up 5.46% or 189.0 points to 3648.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 6.51% or 460.0 points to trade at 6610.0 in late trade. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) declined 5.26% or 460.0 points to end at 8280.0 and T&D Holdings, Inc. (T: 8795 ) shed 4.54% or 79.0 points to 1663.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2527 to 1021 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.87 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.20% or 0.17 to $85.63 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.36% or 0.32 to hit $88.12 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 2.45 to trade at $1840.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.10% to 114.43, while EUR/JPY rose 0.27% to 130.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 95.470.

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