Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.53%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.53%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Pharmaceutical Industry and Textile sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ), which rose 5.29% or 208.0 points to trade at 4137.0 at the close. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) added 5.20% or 265.0 points to end at 5365.0 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ) was up 4.56% or 87.0 points to 1993.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kajima Corp. (T: 1812 ), which lost 2.25% or 22.0 points to trade at 955.0 in late trade. Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co. (T: 5703 ) declined 2.05% or 6.0 points to end at 286.0 and Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) shed 1.96% or 53.0 points to 2647.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2003 to 1371 and 195 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.56% to 15.20.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.41% or 0.29 to $71.78 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.37% or 0.29 to hit $79.57 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.33% or 4.30 to trade at $1287.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.24% to 110.66, while EUR/JPY rose 0.30% to 130.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 93.23.

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