Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.73%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.73%
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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 added 1.73% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which rose 17.91% or 1500.0 points to trade at 9875.0 at the close. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) added 7.92% or 430.0 points to end at 5860.0 and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ) was up 6.91% or 298.0 points to 4612.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ), which lost 10.28% or 73.0 points to trade at 637.0 in late trade. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) declined 5.34% or 11.0 points to end at 195.0 and NTN Corp. (T: 6472 ) shed 4.74% or 10.0 points to 201.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2465 to 1039 and 193 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 24.73.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 1.56% or 0.61 to $38.54 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 1.48% or 0.61 to hit $40.62 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.85% or 16.05 to trade at $1912.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 104.33, while EUR/JPY rose 0.01% to 122.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 93.308.

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