Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.54%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.54%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Rubber , Transportation Equipment and Machinery sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taisei Corp. (TYO: 1801 ), which rose 1.68% or 70.00 points to trade at 4,225.00 at the close. Kajima Corp. (TYO: 1812 ) added 1.57% or 24.00 points to end at 1,557.00 and Keio Corp. (TYO: 9008 ) was up 1.25% or 60.00 points to 4,855.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7735 ), which lost 5.37% or 520.00 points to trade at 9,170.00 in late trade. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (TYO: 6976 ) declined 4.65% or 225.00 points to end at 4,610.00 and IHI Corp. (TYO: 7013 ) shed 4.35% or 165.00 points to 3,630.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2498 to 1053 and 227 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.18% to 22.66.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.28% or 0.31 to $109.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.20% or 0.22 to hit $112.23 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.35 to trade at $1,817.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.34% to 136.12, while EUR/JPY fell 0.19% to 142.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 104.74.

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