Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.32%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.32%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Finance & Investment and Gas & Water sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 5.37% or 101.0 points to trade at 1983.0 at the close. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 5801 ) added 2.80% or 160.0 points to end at 5870.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) was up 2.56% or 130.0 points to 5210.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 6.98% or 120.0 points to trade at 1599.0 in late trade. Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T: 8303 ) declined 3.36% or 58.5 points to end at 1684.0 and SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) shed 2.72% or 77.0 points to 2755.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1897 to 1465 and 203 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 7.34% to 23.84.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.95% or 0.59 to $61.20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.69% or 0.45 to hit $64.80 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 2.90 to trade at $1328.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.45% to 107.81, while EUR/JPY rose 0.29% to 132.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 89.80.

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