Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.15%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.15%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Construction , Machinery and Communication sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.15% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ), which rose 7.84% or 350.0 points to trade at 4816.0 at the close. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) added 5.50% or 195.0 points to end at 3740.0 and Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) was up 4.61% or 222.5 points to 5045.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ), which lost 5.08% or 280.0 points to trade at 5230.0 in late trade. The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T: 8331 ) declined 3.60% or 31.0 points to end at 830.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ) shed 2.86% or 197.0 points to 6692.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1907 to 1434 and 214 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.59% to 16.98.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 1.02% or 0.70 to $69.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.12% or 0.82 to hit $74.30 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.09% or 1.20 to trade at $1354.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.10% to 107.34, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 132.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 89.42.

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