Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%
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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 declined 2.13% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2503 ), which rose 1.91% or 40.5 points to trade at 2159.0 at the close. Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) added 1.13% or 27.0 points to end at 2422.0 and Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) was up 0.77% or 15.5 points to 2020.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ), which lost 7.35% or 119.0 points to trade at 1500.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 7.01% or 128.0 points to end at 1698.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T: 8331 ) shed 6.57% or 39.0 points to 555.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3522 to 215 and 62 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 27.65 a new 52-week high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 1.17% or 0.57 to $48.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 1.21% or 0.64 to hit $52.17 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.18% or 2.95 to trade at $1646.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 110.19, while EUR/JPY rose 0.12% to 120.27.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 98.858.

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