Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.14%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.14%
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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 gained 2.14% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ), which rose 12.88% or 470.0 points to trade at 4120.0 at the close. Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) added 12.53% or 125.0 points to end at 1123.0 and Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) was up 9.33% or 296.0 points to 3469.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ), which lost 4.46% or 147.0 points to trade at 3148.0 in late trade. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9502 ) declined 3.98% or 60.5 points to end at 1458.5 and Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ) shed 3.69% or 50.0 points to 1305.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2573 to 1060 and 148 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 34.86 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 12.02% or 1.81 to $16.87 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 6.19% or 1.50 to hit $25.73 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 1.32% or 22.60 to trade at $1736.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 106.64, while EUR/JPY fell 0.03% to 115.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 99.612.

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