Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.49%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.49%
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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 declined 0.49%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T: 4507 ), which rose 10.60% or 584.0 points to trade at 6091.0 at the close. NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) added 6.49% or 285.0 points to end at 4675.0 and The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd. (T: 5101 ) was up 5.95% or 83.0 points to 1478.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ), which lost 12.76% or 79.0 points to trade at 540.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 6.52% or 105.0 points to end at 1506.0 and Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ) shed 5.93% or 24.0 points to 381.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1884 to 1662 and 195 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 28.01 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was down 1.63% or 0.42 to $25.36 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 2.87% or 0.86 to hit $29.12 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.50 to trade at $1705.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.11% to 107.02, while EUR/JPY fell 0.14% to 116.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 100.037.

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