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 Monday, as gains in the Machinery , Steel and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T: 9062 ), which rose 4.22% or 320.0 points to trade at 7900.0 at the close. Tokyu Fudosan (T: 3289 ) added 3.53% or 30.0 points to end at 880.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ) was up 3.33% or 180.0 points to 5580.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which lost 2.72% or 32.0 points to trade at 1143.5 in late trade. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) declined 2.44% or 24.4 points to end at 977.1 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) shed 2.36% or 160.0 points to 6610.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2118 to 1265 and 200 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 5.15% to 14.91.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.26% or 0.17 to $64.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.10% or 0.07 to hit $69.94 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.61% or 8.20 to trade at $1343.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.31% to 110.72, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 135.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 90.51.

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