Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.48%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.48%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Electrical/Machinery , Paper & Pulp and Machinery sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.48% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T: 3865 ), which rose 4.05% or 25.0 points to trade at 643.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 3.15% or 145.0 points to end at 4755.0 and Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ) was up 3.15% or 71.0 points to 2323.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. (T: 2282 ), which lost 5.48% or 235.0 points to trade at 4055.0 in late trade. Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T: 9062 ) declined 3.91% or 260.0 points to end at 6390.0 and Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ) shed 1.96% or 7.0 points to 350.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2566 to 964 and 199 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.62% to 17.11.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.40% or 0.23 to $57.03 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.42% or 0.28 to hit $66.97 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 1.75 to trade at $1331.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 110.64, while EUR/JPY rose 0.07% to 125.57.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.265.

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