Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.11%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.11%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Pharmaceutical Industry and Chemical sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.11%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which rose 3.25% or 87.0 points to trade at 2767.0 at the close. TOTO Ltd. (T: 5332 ) added 1.86% or 85.0 points to end at 4655.0 and Denso Corp. (T: 6902 ) was up 1.85% or 86.0 points to 4743.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which lost 4.18% or 47.0 points to trade at 1077.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 3.99% or 58.0 points to end at 1395.0 and Resona Holdings, Inc. (T: 8308 ) shed 3.14% or 14.9 points to 460.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2060 to 1383 and 249 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.00% to 16.16.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.59% or 0.38 to $64.23 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.33% or 0.24 to hit $71.49 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.47% or 6.15 to trade at $1307.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.13% to 111.14, while EUR/JPY rose 0.18% to 125.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 96.578.

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