Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.46%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.46%
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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 fell 2.46% to hit a new 3-year low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were ANA Holdings Inc (T: 9202 ), which rose 4.44% or 108.5 points to trade at 2550.5 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) added 4.43% or 9.0 points to end at 212.0 and Marui Group Co., Ltd. (T: 8252 ) was up 3.70% or 62.0 points to 1737.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ), which lost 9.03% or 51.0 points to trade at 514.0 in late trade. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) declined 8.89% or 143.5 points to end at 1470.5 and JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) shed 7.79% or 75.0 points to 888.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1932 to 1752 and 125 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 51.10.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 4.36% or 1.40 to $30.71 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 6.00% or 2.03 to hit $31.82 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 1.15% or 17.45 to trade at $1534.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 1.28% to 106.53, while EUR/JPY fell 0.86% to 118.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.64% at 98.275.

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