Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.68%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.68%
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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 lost 1.68% to hit a new 3-year low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fujifilm Holdings Corp. (T: 4901 ), which rose 15.43% or 700.0 points to trade at 5238.0 at the close. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) added 11.73% or 203.0 points to end at 1933.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) was up 11.54% or 84.0 points to 812.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which lost 10.90% or 397.0 points to trade at 3246.0 in late trade. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) declined 9.15% or 46.0 points to end at 457.0 and JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) shed 9.09% or 78.0 points to 780.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2046 to 1629 and 107 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 56.63.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 2.01% or 0.55 to $26.78 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 1.18% or 0.34 to hit $28.39 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.91% or 13.95 to trade at $1511.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.46% to 107.17, while EUR/JPY fell 0.33% to 118.00.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 99.685.

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