Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.38%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.38%
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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 2.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7012 ), which rose 8.63% or 187.0 points to trade at 2353.0 at the close. Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) added 5.95% or 25.0 points to end at 445.0 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) was up 5.86% or 118.0 points to 2133.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included DeNA Co Ltd (T: 2432 ), which lost 9.67% or 171.0 points to trade at 1598.0 in late trade. Fujikura Ltd. (T: 5803 ) declined 9.32% or 40.0 points to end at 389.0 and Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ) shed 4.24% or 330.0 points to 7460.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2852 to 752 and 176 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.88.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.91% or 0.97 to $51.72 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.41% or 0.78 to hit $56.06 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.08% or 1.25 to trade at $1561.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.08% to 109.89, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 120.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 98.135.

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