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 Precision Instruments , Electrical/Machinery and Machinery sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO: 9501 ), which rose 10.55% or 73.00 points to trade at 765.00 at the close. Sompo Holdings Inc (TYO: 8630 ) added 5.12% or 353.00 points to end at 7,253.00 and Shizuoka Financial Group Inc (TYO: 5831 ) was up 1.84% or 22.50 points to 1,247.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO: 9107 ), which lost 4.95% or 271.00 points to trade at 5,202.00 in late trade. Advantest Corp. (TYO: 6857 ) declined 4.69% or 208.00 points to end at 4,224.00 and CyberAgent Inc (TYO: 4751 ) shed 4.45% or 38.30 points to 822.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2914 to 728 and 221 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.16% to 17.77.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.52% or 0.36 to $69.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.55% or 0.41 to hit $74.71 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 2.75 to trade at $2,045.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.63% to 146.38, while EUR/JPY fell 0.64% to 157.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 104.08.

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