Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.60%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.60%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Communication and Steel sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.60% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which rose 7.49% or 205.0 points to trade at 2942.0 at the close. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) added 4.36% or 53.0 points to end at 1268.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) was up 3.69% or 11.0 points to 309.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fujitsu Ltd. (T: 6702 ), which lost 3.26% or 253.0 points to trade at 7518.0 in late trade. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) declined 2.51% or 120.0 points to end at 4655.0 and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ) shed 2.50% or 45.0 points to 1753.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2024 to 1430 and 250 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.57% to 18.34.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.12% or 0.07 to $56.52 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.18% or 0.12 to hit $66.33 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.05% or 0.65 to trade at $1345.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.24% to 110.88, while EUR/JPY rose 0.25% to 125.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 96.410.

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