Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.92%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.92%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power , Gas & Water and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.92%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ), which rose 4.89% or 62.0 points to trade at 1330.5 at the close. Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ) added 4.44% or 240.0 points to end at 5640.0 and Komatsu Ltd. (T: 6301 ) was up 4.22% or 150.0 points to 3706.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Japan Tobacco Inc (T: 2914 ), which lost 4.45% or 132.0 points to trade at 2836.0 in late trade. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ) declined 2.80% or 54.5 points to end at 1888.5 and Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5214 ) shed 2.55% or 80.0 points to 3060.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2102 to 1269 and 201 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.50% to 22.02.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.08% or 0.05 to $65.12 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.23% or 0.16 to hit $69.31 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.81% or 10.70 to trade at $1332.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.30% to 105.73, while EUR/JPY rose 0.03% to 130.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 89.06.

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