Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.22%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.22%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Bridgestone Corp. (T: 5108 ), which rose 7.39% or 362.0 points to trade at 5263.0 at the close. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) added 6.55% or 470.0 points to end at 7650.0 and Japan Steel Works Ltd (T: 5631 ) was up 6.45% or 225.0 points to 3715.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ), which lost 3.40% or 40.0 points to trade at 1138.0 in late trade. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ) declined 2.62% or 146.0 points to end at 5423.0 and JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) shed 2.40% or 27.0 points to 1096.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2728 to 843 and 218 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 21.21% to 26.63.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.52% or 0.48 to $92.55 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.47% or 0.44 to hit $93.72 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.30 to trade at $1856.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 115.68, while EUR/JPY rose 0.16% to 131.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 95.905.

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