Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.72%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.72%
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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 fell 1.72% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were CyberAgent Inc (T: 4751 ), which rose 15.83% or 580.0 points to trade at 4245.0 at the close. Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ) added 15.59% or 53.0 points to end at 393.0 and Omron Cor (T: 6645 ) was up 1.29% or 80.0 points to 6290.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which lost 19.26% or 1500.0 points to trade at 6290.0 in late trade. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) declined 6.44% or 390.0 points to end at 5670.0 and IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) shed 5.59% or 155.0 points to 2617.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3212 to 485 and 99 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.88.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.50% or 0.80 to $52.53 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 1.46% or 0.86 to hit $58.05 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.69% or 10.80 to trade at $1581.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.14% to 108.83, while EUR/JPY fell 0.11% to 119.86.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 97.880.

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