Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.02%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.02%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Machinery , Communication and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 18.30% or 502.0 points to trade at 3245.0 at the close. Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ) added 6.24% or 210.0 points to end at 3575.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) was up 5.54% or 113.0 points to 2154.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which lost 7.07% or 1270.0 points to trade at 16700.0 in late trade. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) declined 3.26% or 110.0 points to end at 3260.0 and Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) shed 2.94% or 160.0 points to 5278.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2330 to 1161 and 201 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.13% to 20.63.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.99% or 0.51 to $52.07 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.84% or 0.51 to hit $60.91 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.06% or 0.70 to trade at $1219.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.06% to 113.85, while EUR/JPY fell 0.06% to 128.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 97.415.

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