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 Wednesday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Paper & Pulp and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Eisai Co., Ltd. (TYO: 4523 ), which rose 5.87% or 342.00 points to trade at 6,167.00 at the close. Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5232 ) added 3.17% or 105.00 points to end at 3,420.00 and Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (TYO: 2802 ) was up 2.75% or 91.00 points to 3,403.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Inpex Corp. (TYO: 1605 ), which lost 10.05% or 149.00 points to trade at 1,333.00 in late trade. Chiyoda Corp. (TYO: 6366 ) declined 8.62% or 37.00 points to end at 392.00 and Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (TYO: 8354 ) shed 7.87% or 194.00 points to 2,272.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2300 to 1193 and 261 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.31% to 22.46.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.71% or 1.70 to $101.20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 2.18% or 2.24 to hit $105.01 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.18% or 3.20 to trade at $1,767.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 135.59, while EUR/JPY fell 0.28% to 139.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 106.28.

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