Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.50%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 4.50%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 4.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ), which rose 0.89% or 35.0 points to trade at 3980.0 at the close. Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. (T: 8801 ) added 0.40% or 7.5 points to end at 1878.0 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ) was up 0.23% or 3.0 points to 1289.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 1332 ), which lost 9.00% or 43.0 points to trade at 435.0 in late trade. Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ) declined 8.75% or 305.0 points to end at 3180.0 and Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6098 ) shed 8.57% or 239.5 points to 2556.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3284 to 404 and 94 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 55.79.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.78% or 0.16 to $20.32 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 4.67% or 1.23 to hit $25.12 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.54% or 8.55 to trade at $1605.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 107.47, while EUR/JPY fell 0.51% to 117.99.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 99.450.

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