Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Gas & Water and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.50% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which rose 6.02% or 240.0 points to trade at 4230.0 at the close. Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) added 5.35% or 165.0 points to end at 3250.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) was up 4.56% or 14.0 points to 321.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ), which lost 2.39% or 80.0 points to trade at 3270.0 in late trade. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) declined 2.11% or 49.0 points to end at 2273.0 and SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) shed 1.99% or 30.0 points to 1477.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2053 to 1420 and 235 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.23% to 16.83.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.65% or 0.36 to $55.86 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.34% or 0.22 to hit $65.58 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.05% or 0.65 to trade at $1327.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 110.42, while EUR/JPY fell 0.18% to 125.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 95.887.

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