Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.78%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.78%
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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 gained 1.78% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were DeNA Co Ltd (T: 2432 ), which rose 12.44% or 228.0 points to trade at 2061.0 at the close. Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T: 5233 ) added 12.21% or 322.0 points to end at 2960.0 and Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) was up 10.81% or 198.0 points to 2030.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (T: 7912 ), which lost 4.16% or 91.0 points to trade at 2094.0 in late trade. Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) declined 3.34% or 162.0 points to end at 4689.0 and J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ) shed 3.13% or 29.0 points to 898.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2612 to 936 and 164 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 21.40.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was up 2.68% or 1.11 to $42.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 2.55% or 1.11 to hit $44.72 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.60 to trade at $1874.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 105.42, while EUR/JPY rose 0.20% to 124.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 92.707.

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