Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.22% to hit a new 52-week high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ), which rose 6.54% or 160.0 points to trade at 2605.0 at the close. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) added 4.49% or 27.0 points to end at 629.0 and Maruha Nichiro Corp (T: 1333 ) was up 4.39% or 124.0 points to 2947.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ), which lost 6.06% or 334.0 points to trade at 5181.0 in late trade. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ) declined 5.65% or 117.5 points to end at 1961.0 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) shed 4.95% or 19.0 points to 365.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1839 to 1661 and 267 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.67.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.49% or 0.28 to $56.95 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.56% or 0.35 to hit $62.61 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 3.15 to trade at $1486.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 109.00, while EUR/JPY fell 0.11% to 120.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 97.735.

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