Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.30%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.30%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Gas & Water and Precision Instruments sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (TYO: 7003 ), which rose 3.57% or 19.00 points to trade at 551.00 at the close. Kyocera Corp. (TYO: 6971 ) added 2.52% or 201.00 points to end at 8,185.00 and Rakuten Inc (TYO: 4755 ) was up 2.22% or 13.10 points to 602.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (TYO: 4506 ), which lost 4.89% or 24.00 points to trade at 467.00 in late trade. Kobe Steel, Ltd. (TYO: 5406 ) declined 4.30% or 76.50 points to end at 1,703.50 and Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 3382 ) shed 3.83% or 219.00 points to 5,500.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2108 to 1487 and 268 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.90% to 17.36.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.20% or 0.15 to $76.56 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.01% or 0.01 to hit $81.48 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.29% or 6.00 to trade at $2,046.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.25% to 147.10, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 161.82.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 102.54.

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