Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.88%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.88%
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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 lost 2.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ), which rose 3.31% or 65.0 points to trade at 2027.0 at the close. Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (T: 9503 ) added 1.47% or 16.0 points to end at 1103.0 and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7011 ) was up 1.18% or 33.5 points to 2874.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Terumo Corp. (T: 4543 ), which lost 8.96% or 433.0 points to trade at 4402.0 in late trade. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) declined 6.86% or 1065.0 points to end at 14455.0 and Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) shed 6.32% or 435.0 points to 6449.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3197 to 459 and 139 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.63.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.77% or 0.60 to $77.25 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.79% or 0.64 to hit $80.16 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 1.33% or 24.35 to trade at $1800.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.16% to 115.92, while EUR/JPY fell 0.36% to 130.87.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.20% at 96.370.

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