Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.38%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.38%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Communication , Shipbuilding and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5214 ), which rose 4.78% or 142.0 points to trade at 3115.0 at the close. Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ) added 3.42% or 22.0 points to end at 666.0 and Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ) was up 3.10% or 24.7 points to 822.1 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which lost 8.13% or 183.0 points to trade at 2068.0 in late trade. Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ) declined 3.89% or 260.0 points to end at 6420.0 and Fanuc Corp. (T: 6954 ) shed 2.88% or 665.0 points to 22465.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1757 to 1571 and 223 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.73% to 14.59.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.18% or 0.12 to $65.64 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.76% or 0.57 to hit $75.95 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.12% or 1.60 to trade at $1300.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.26% to 110.06, while EUR/JPY rose 0.57% to 129.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.18% at 93.68.

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