Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.21%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.21%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T: 5233 ), which rose 12.77% or 289.0 points to trade at 2553.0 at the close. NKSJ Holdings, Inc. (T: 8630 ) added 7.11% or 235.0 points to end at 3540.0 and Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 5801 ) was up 4.34% or 104.0 points to 2499.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Amada Co., Ltd. (T: 6113 ), which lost 3.51% or 34.0 points to trade at 935.0 in late trade. Tokyu Fudosan (T: 3289 ) declined 3.04% or 16.0 points to end at 510.0 and KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) shed 3.02% or 96.0 points to 3085.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1881 to 1661 and 217 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 27.72 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 2.33% or 0.78 to $34.27 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 1.79% or 0.64 to hit $36.39 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.78% or 13.65 to trade at $1738.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.29% to 107.83, while EUR/JPY rose 0.20% to 118.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 99.358.

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