Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.66%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.66%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.66% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ), which rose 2.52% or 180.0 points to trade at 7310.0 at the close. KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) added 2.10% or 75.0 points to end at 3653.0 and Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (T: 2002 ) was up 1.75% or 28.0 points to 1629.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Japan Steel Works Ltd (T: 5631 ), which lost 8.80% or 355.0 points to trade at 3680.0 in late trade. Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) declined 7.56% or 450.0 points to end at 5506.0 and Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) shed 7.48% or 80.0 points to 990.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3100 to 541 and 171 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 25.74.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.40% or 0.33 to $83.64 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.48% or 0.41 to hit $85.84 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.07% or 1.25 to trade at $1842.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 113.75, while EUR/JPY fell 0.22% to 128.70.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 95.940.

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