Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.39%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.39%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Communication , Shipbuilding and Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ), which rose 8.42% or 24.0 points to trade at 309.0 at the close. Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (T: 2002 ) added 4.07% or 70.0 points to end at 1792.0 and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T: 7201 ) was up 3.88% or 22.2 points to 593.7 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which lost 6.76% or 179.0 points to trade at 2470.0 in late trade. Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ) declined 4.84% or 343.0 points to end at 6745.0 and Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ) shed 4.54% or 63.0 points to 1324.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2736 to 796 and 203 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 10.82% to 23.25 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.57% or 0.41 to $72.06 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 0.49% or 0.36 to hit $73.88 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.31% or 5.60 to trade at $1794.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.35% to 110.14, while EUR/JPY rose 0.19% to 129.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 92.653.

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