Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Insurance , Paper & Pulp and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (T: 3105 ), which rose 13.34% or 185.0 points to trade at 1572.0 at the close. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ) added 7.00% or 85.0 points to end at 1299.0 and Marui Group Co., Ltd. (T: 8252 ) was up 6.15% or 115.0 points to 1986.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ), which lost 5.71% or 300.0 points to trade at 4950.0 in late trade. Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T: 6479 ) declined 3.32% or 76.0 points to end at 2215.0 and Softbank Corp. (T: 9984 ) shed 3.24% or 318.5 points to 9497.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1695 to 1595 and 208 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.46% to 17.45.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.30% or 0.17 to $57.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.37% or 0.23 to hit $62.76 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.31 to trade at $1282.41 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.29% to 112.25, while EUR/JPY rose 0.47% to 133.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 93.14.

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