Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.77%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.77%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Mining , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Shipbuilding sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.77% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kobe Steel, Ltd. (TYO: 5406 ), which rose 15.73% or 87.00 points to trade at 640.00 at the close. Hitachi Zosen Corp. (TYO: 7004 ) added 14.64% or 100.00 points to end at 783.00 and Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO: 5631 ) was up 14.62% or 384.00 points to 3,010.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (TYO: 6703 ), which lost 9.93% or 86.00 points to trade at 780.00 in late trade. NTT Data Corp. (TYO: 9613 ) declined 9.85% or 224.00 points to end at 2,050.00 and Softbank Group Corp. (TYO: 9984 ) shed 8.03% or 392.00 points to 4,491.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2932 to 673 and 148 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.14% to 29.71.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was down 2.38% or 2.52 to $103.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 2.20% or 2.36 to hit $105.15 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.26% or 4.90 to trade at $1,848.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.86% to 128.85, while EUR/JPY fell 1.29% to 134.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 104.31.

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