Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.61%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.61%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.61% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ), which rose 4.41% or 87.0 points to trade at 2062.0 at the close. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) added 4.23% or 72.0 points to end at 1773.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) was up 3.80% or 105.0 points to 2868.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which lost 15.06% or 373.0 points to trade at 2104.0 in late trade. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) declined 14.09% or 83.0 points to end at 506.0 and Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T: 7201 ) shed 10.04% or 58.1 points to 520.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3039 to 584 and 127 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.20.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.83% or 0.54 to $65.82 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.83% or 0.57 to hit $69.12 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.02% or 0.45 to trade at $1835.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.12% to 108.74, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 132.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 90.200.

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