Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.91%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.91%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.91% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ), which rose 4.09% or 46.5 points to trade at 1183.0 at the close. J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ) added 3.59% or 55.0 points to end at 1585.0 and JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) was up 3.41% or 17.0 points to 514.9 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ), which lost 4.50% or 17.0 points to trade at 361.0 in late trade. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) declined 4.28% or 230.0 points to end at 5140.0 and Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co. (T: 5703 ) shed 4.24% or 10.0 points to 226.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2850 to 795 and 156 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.80.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 1.76% or 1.11 to $64.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 1.92% or 1.32 to hit $69.92 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 1.40% or 21.75 to trade at $1574.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.07% to 108.16, while EUR/JPY rose 0.08% to 120.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 96.560.

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