Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 5.38%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 5.38%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 5.38% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ), which rose 2.46% or 68.0 points to trade at 2833.0 at the close. Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ) added 2.35% or 184.0 points to end at 8026.0 and KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) was up 0.78% or 25.0 points to 3242.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mizuho Financial Group Inc (T: 8411 ), which lost 13.14% or 18.0 points to trade at 119.0 in late trade. Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) declined 12.95% or 114.0 points to end at 766.0 and IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) shed 12.89% or 264.0 points to 1784.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3742 to 46 and 19 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 36.41.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 27.06% or 11.17 to $30.11 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 25.25% or 11.43 to hit $33.84 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.69% or 11.50 to trade at $1683.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 3.13% to 102.00, while EUR/JPY fell 1.61% to 116.97.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 1.24% at 94.743.

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