Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.59%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.59%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Shipbuilding and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were TDK Corp. (T: 6762 ), which rose 5.90% or 520.0 points to trade at 9340.0 at the close. Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ) added 5.50% or 390.0 points to end at 7480.0 and Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) was up 4.84% or 14.0 points to 303.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Taiheiyo Cement Corp. (T: 5233 ), which lost 2.69% or 127.6 points to trade at 4607.5 in late trade. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ) declined 2.59% or 54.5 points to end at 2049.0 and Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T: 5232 ) shed 2.55% or 14.0 points to 536.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1880 to 1384 and 232 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 6.07% to 18.26.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.87% or 1.06 to $57.89 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 1.18% or 0.74 to hit $63.31 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.14% or 1.83 to trade at $1283.53 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.34% to 112.07, while EUR/JPY fell 0.19% to 131.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 93.75.

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