Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%
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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 declined 0.29%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ), which rose 4.59% or 205.0 points to trade at 4670.0 at the close. Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) added 2.84% or 131.0 points to end at 4750.0 and Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) was up 2.57% or 150.0 points to 5980.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 5901 ), which lost 3.80% or 77.0 points to trade at 1950.0 in late trade. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) declined 3.79% or 24.0 points to end at 609.0 and Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T: 7202 ) shed 3.68% or 51.0 points to 1334.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1886 to 1632 and 266 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.54.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.03% or 0.02 to $60.83 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $66.17 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.13% or 1.85 to trade at $1480.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 109.58, while EUR/JPY rose 0.19% to 121.93.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 96.895.

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