Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.41%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.41%
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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 fell 4.41% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ), which rose 1.16% or 33.5 points to trade at 2911.0 at the close. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ) fell 0.06% or 1.0 points to end at 1740.5 and Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 1925 ) was down 0.72% or 19.5 points to 2689.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 12.34% or 126.0 points to trade at 895.0 in late trade. Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) declined 10.42% or 96.0 points to end at 825.0 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) shed 10.00% or 70.0 points to 630.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3599 to 151 and 42 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 47.09.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 5.03% or 1.66 to $31.32 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 5.39% or 1.93 to hit $33.86 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 5.80 to trade at $1636.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.86% to 103.63, while EUR/JPY fell 0.58% to 117.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 96.305.

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