Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.60%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.60%

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 1.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which rose 13.68% or 80.0 points to trade at 665.0 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) added 8.91% or 27.0 points to end at 330.0 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) was up 7.79% or 79.0 points to 1093.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ), which lost 1.98% or 135.0 points to trade at 6700.0 in late trade. Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) declined 1.56% or 127.0 points to end at 7993.0 and Z Holdings Corp (T: 4689 ) shed 1.51% or 10.4 points to 679.6.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2472 to 1075 and 192 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.72.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.97% or 0.49 to $51.12 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.81% or 0.44 to hit $54.74 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.89% or 16.90 to trade at $1925.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.29% to 103.34, while EUR/JPY rose 0.21% to 127.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 89.502.

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