Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.26%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.26%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Warehousing , Transportation Equipment and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.26% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which rose 4.75% or 38.0 points to trade at 838.0 at the close. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) added 3.94% or 125.0 points to end at 3295.0 and Komatsu Ltd. (T: 6301 ) was up 3.79% or 103.5 points to 2836.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ), which lost 5.67% or 185.0 points to trade at 3080.0 in late trade. Toyobo Co., Ltd. (T: 3101 ) declined 2.82% or 46.0 points to end at 1583.0 and The Japan Steel Works, Ltd. (T: 5631 ) shed 2.79% or 58.0 points to 2020.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1724 to 1715 and 261 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.20% to 18.12.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.09% or 0.05 to $57.21 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $67.03 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.66% or 8.95 to trade at $1338.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 110.77, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 125.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 96.310.

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