Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 6.02%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 6.02%
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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 6.02% to hit a new 3-year low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ), which rose 3.48% or 21.0 points to trade at 625.2 at the close. Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) added 1.42% or 10.0 points to end at 716.0 and Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ) was up 1.22% or 19.0 points to 1579.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T: 8804 ), which lost 14.68% or 174.0 points to trade at 1011.0 in late trade. Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. (T: 8830 ) declined 13.38% or 397.0 points to end at 2571.0 and Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) shed 12.15% or 82.4 points to 596.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3665 to 124 and 26 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 51.48 a new 5-year high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 3.94% or 1.24 to $32.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 3.52% or 1.17 to hit $34.39 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.14% or 2.15 to trade at $1588.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 1.15% to 105.83, while EUR/JPY rose 1.19% to 118.41.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 97.502.

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