Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.24%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.24%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Machinery and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.24% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which rose 15.50% or 51.0 points to trade at 380.0 at the close. KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) added 5.85% or 139.5 points to end at 2524.5 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ) was up 3.56% or 82.0 points to 2386.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 3.73% or 95.0 points to trade at 2449.0 in late trade. Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) declined 3.27% or 23.0 points to end at 681.0 and Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T: 8729 ) shed 2.15% or 51.0 points to 2323.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2051 to 1400 and 252 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.31% to 15.24 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.09% or 0.06 to $63.34 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.25% or 0.18 to hit $71.00 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.24% or 3.15 to trade at $1288.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.10% to 111.92, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 126.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.562.

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