Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.53%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.53%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 2.53% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T: 5232 ), which rose 8.86% or 295.0 points to trade at 3625.0 at the close. Citizen Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 7762 ) added 4.21% or 22.0 points to end at 544.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) was up 1.94% or 51.0 points to 2684.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Keisei Electric Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9009 ), which lost 6.03% or 215.0 points to trade at 3350.0 in late trade. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) declined 5.69% or 140.0 points to end at 2322.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) shed 5.39% or 121.0 points to 2124.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3168 to 475 and 134 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 19.54.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 3.97% or 3.11 to $75.28 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 3.36% or 2.76 to hit $79.46 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 1.03% or 18.40 to trade at $1802.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.80% to 114.43, while EUR/JPY fell 0.55% to 128.55.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 96.618.

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