Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.20%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.20%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Trading and Electrical/Machinery sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which rose 4.12% or 40.0 points to trade at 1011.0 at the close. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) added 4.08% or 113.0 points to end at 2880.0 and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (T: 6305 ) was up 3.82% or 111.0 points to 3015.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which lost 3.70% or 11.0 points to trade at 286.0 in late trade. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) declined 3.38% or 173.0 points to end at 4951.0 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) shed 2.62% or 32.0 points to 1188.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2163 to 1343 and 234 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.82% to 15.74 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.13% or 0.08 to $59.37 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.38% or 0.26 to hit $67.87 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.31% or 4.05 to trade at $1302.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.19% to 111.58, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 126.58.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 95.960.

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