Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.33%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.33%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.33% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T: 7201 ), which rose 6.77% or 36.4 points to trade at 574.1 at the close. The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) added 6.38% or 180.0 points to end at 3000.0 and Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) was up 5.57% or 395.0 points to 7489.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ), which lost 4.40% or 60.0 points to trade at 1305.0 in late trade. Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) declined 2.33% or 14.6 points to end at 612.7 and Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ) shed 1.53% or 19.0 points to 1226.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2086 to 1426 and 208 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.22% or 0.10 to $45.70 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.20% or 0.10 to hit $48.94 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.61% or 11.35 to trade at $1863.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 104.23, while EUR/JPY rose 0.36% to 126.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 90.810.

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