Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.13%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.13%
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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 rose 2.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Canon Inc (T: 7751 ), which rose 6.52% or 174.0 points to trade at 2843.0 at the close. Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ) added 5.60% or 450.0 points to end at 8490.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) was up 5.43% or 360.0 points to 6990.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ), which lost 7.15% or 154.0 points to trade at 2000.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 0.77% or 16.0 points to end at 2072.0 and Dai-ichi Life Holdings Inc (T: 8750 ) shed 0.77% or 19.0 points to 2450.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2477 to 1082 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 20.24.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.24% or 0.88 to $71.75 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.07% or 0.79 to hit $74.67 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 1.20% or 21.25 to trade at $1785.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 114.11, while EUR/JPY rose 0.22% to 128.96.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 96.255.

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