Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.67%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.67%
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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 declined 3.67% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Haseko Corp (T: 1808 ), which rose 7.25% or 94.0 points to trade at 1390.0 at the close. ANA Holdings Inc (T: 9202 ) added 0.29% or 8.5 points to end at 2907.5 and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ) was down 0.55% or 65.0 points to 11715.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ), which lost 9.66% or 31.0 points to trade at 290.0 in late trade. Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T: 6479 ) declined 7.26% or 149.0 points to end at 1904.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) shed 7.08% or 149.0 points to 1955.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3707 to 85 and 23 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 31.40 a new 52-week high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 2.72% or 1.28 to $45.81 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 2.53% or 1.31 to hit $50.42 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 1.11% or 18.25 to trade at $1624.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.55% to 108.98, while EUR/JPY fell 0.51% to 119.90.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 98.343.

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