Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.22%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.22%
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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 lost 1.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ), which rose 11.15% or 214.0 points to trade at 2132.5 at the close. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) added 2.78% or 27.0 points to end at 998.0 and NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) was up 2.38% or 120.0 points to 5170.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ), which lost 6.35% or 29.0 points to trade at 428.0 in late trade. J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ) declined 6.25% or 54.0 points to end at 810.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ) shed 5.38% or 145.0 points to 2550.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2665 to 871 and 149 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 28.90.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 1.03% or 0.39 to $37.62 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.89% or 0.36 to hit $39.95 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.85 to trade at $1777.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 107.06, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 120.34.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 97.233.

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