Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.79%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.79%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transport , Steel and Transportation Equipment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.79%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 6.01% or 195.0 points to trade at 3440.0 at the close. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ) added 3.98% or 158.0 points to end at 4130.0 and Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T: 8804 ) was up 3.94% or 49.0 points to 1293.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ), which lost 3.79% or 103.0 points to trade at 2616.0 in late trade. Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) declined 3.41% or 570.0 points to end at 16130.0 and Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp (T: 9432 ) shed 3.06% or 145.0 points to 4600.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2090 to 1399 and 209 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.68% to 20.49.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.14% or 0.07 to $50.36 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.47% or 0.28 to hit $58.81 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.15% or 1.80 to trade at $1231.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.34% to 113.30, while EUR/JPY fell 0.15% to 129.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 96.620.

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