Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.10%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.10%

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 fell 1.10% to hit a new 6-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ), which rose 4.52% or 186.0 points to trade at 4301.0 at the close. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T: 4507 ) added 4.08% or 266.0 points to end at 6786.0 and Z Holdings Corp (T: 4689 ) was up 3.92% or 24.6 points to 652.8 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which lost 7.87% or 248.0 points to trade at 2902.0 in late trade. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) declined 7.87% or 121.0 points to end at 1417.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) shed 6.61% or 630.0 points to 8900.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2834 to 727 and 185 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.96.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was down 2.45% or 1.60 to $63.61 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 2.04% or 1.39 to hit $66.84 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.15% or 2.75 to trade at $1781.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.11% to 109.86, while EUR/JPY fell 0.16% to 128.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 93.440.

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