Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.23%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.23%
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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 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which rose 10.91% or 817.0 points to trade at 8306.0 at the close. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) added 6.00% or 200.0 points to end at 3535.0 and Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ) was up 5.87% or 24.0 points to 433.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which lost 4.71% or 225.0 points to trade at 4555.0 in late trade. Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) declined 3.95% or 52.0 points to end at 1265.0 and Daikin Industries, Ltd. (T: 6367 ) shed 3.90% or 925.0 points to 22770.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2201 to 1299 and 219 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.48 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.20% or 0.09 to $45.61 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.12% or 0.06 to hit $48.92 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.14% or 2.50 to trade at $1841.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.28% to 104.50, while EUR/JPY rose 0.41% to 126.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 91.055.

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