Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.45%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.45%

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 declined 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Panasonic Corp (T: 6752 ), which rose 2.83% or 30.0 points to trade at 1088.5 at the close. Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. (T: 2282 ) added 2.56% or 120.0 points to end at 4800.0 and Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) was up 2.28% or 39.5 points to 1773.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toho Co., Ltd. (T: 9602 ), which lost 5.71% or 260.0 points to trade at 4290.0 in late trade. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ) declined 3.76% or 134.0 points to end at 3429.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) shed 3.41% or 88.0 points to 2494.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1953 to 1593 and 243 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.16.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.19% or 0.11 to $58.12 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $64.37 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.48% or 7.45 to trade at $1552.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 109.92, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 122.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.085.

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