Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.46%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.46%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Services and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.46% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ), which rose 6.79% or 104.0 points to trade at 1636.0 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) added 6.48% or 21.0 points to end at 345.0 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) was up 4.61% or 55.0 points to 1248.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 6703 ), which lost 8.49% or 118.0 points to trade at 1272.0 in late trade. Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) declined 8.07% or 444.0 points to end at 5055.0 and Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ) shed 5.26% or 56.0 points to 1009.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2966 to 598 and 133 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.70% to 18.35 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.29% or 0.16 to $55.42 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.59% or 0.37 to hit $63.12 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.47% or 6.25 to trade at $1315.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.37% to 109.88, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 125.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 95.422.

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