Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.68%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.68%
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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 added 1.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which rose 7.69% or 194.0 points to trade at 2717.0 at the close. CyberAgent Inc (T: 4751 ) added 7.05% or 98.0 points to end at 1489.0 and Nomura Holdings Inc (T: 8604 ) was up 6.82% or 34.4 points to 538.9 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsubishi Electric Corp (T: 6503 ), which lost 4.27% or 61.5 points to trade at 1379.0 in late trade. Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) declined 3.58% or 94.0 points to end at 2533.0 and Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ) shed 3.15% or 15.0 points to 461.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 3236 to 392 and 143 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 25.22.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.40% or 0.35 to $88.55 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.31% or 0.28 to hit $89.44 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.05% or 0.95 to trade at $1802.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.26% to 114.42, while EUR/JPY fell 0.15% to 129.07.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.22% at 96.162.

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