Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.15%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.15%
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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 declined 1.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ), which rose 1.74% or 22.0 points to trade at 1284.0 at the close. Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ) added 1.57% or 11.0 points to end at 710.0 and Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ) was up 0.96% or 60.0 points to 6290.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ), which lost 6.22% or 68.0 points to trade at 1026.0 in late trade. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ) declined 4.08% or 160.0 points to end at 3760.0 and Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7012 ) shed 3.87% or 91.0 points to 2261.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2838 to 707 and 206 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 17.87.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 1.86% or 1.36 to $71.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 1.61% or 1.20 to hit $73.56 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.44% or 7.95 to trade at $1832.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.19% to 109.78, while EUR/JPY fell 0.19% to 129.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 92.438.

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