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%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Steel , Services and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.48% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were DeNA Co Ltd (T: 2432 ), which rose 5.74% or 98.0 points to trade at 1805.0 at the close. Kao Corp. (T: 4452 ) added 5.25% or 428.0 points to end at 8584.0 and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (T: 6305 ) was up 4.89% or 139.0 points to 2982.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ), which lost 4.92% or 71.0 points to trade at 1372.5 in late trade. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) declined 4.35% or 240.0 points to end at 5280.0 and Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ) shed 2.70% or 97.0 points to 3494.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2329 to 1178 and 223 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.71% to 15.56.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.08% or 0.05 to $65.94 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.55% or 0.41 to hit $74.98 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.00% or 0.05 to trade at $1279.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.33% to 111.80, while EUR/JPY fell 0.35% to 124.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 97.822.

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