Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which rose 4.82% or 63.0 points to trade at 1369.0 at the close. Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (T: 4901 ) added 3.76% or 253.0 points to end at 6975.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) was up 3.44% or 115.0 points to 3455.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ), which lost 7.42% or 79.0 points to trade at 985.0 in late trade. Otsuka Holdings Ltd (T: 4578 ) declined 4.51% or 206.0 points to end at 4364.0 and T&D Holdings, Inc. (T: 8795 ) shed 3.89% or 54.0 points to 1335.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2167 to 1367 and 205 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 17.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 1.33% or 0.80 to $60.98 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.21% or 0.77 to hit $64.44 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 2.35 to trade at $1745.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 108.98, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 130.40.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 91.713.

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