Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.53%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.53%
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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 1.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which rose 7.53% or 74.0 points to trade at 1057.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) added 6.75% or 16.0 points to end at 253.0 and Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ) was up 6.74% or 215.0 points to 3405.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included CyberAgent Inc (T: 4751 ), which lost 9.19% or 690.0 points to trade at 6820.0 in late trade. Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) declined 4.62% or 2030.0 points to end at 41870.0 and Fujitsu Ltd. (T: 6702 ) shed 4.54% or 750.0 points to 15780.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2191 to 1346 and 194 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 22.31.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.81% or 0.43 to $52.42 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.83% or 0.46 to hit $55.07 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.68% or 12.50 to trade at $1832.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.25% to 104.36, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 126.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 90.828.

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