Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.06%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.06%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Steel , Shipbuilding and Glass sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.06%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were TDK Corp (T: 6762 ), which rose 8.07% or 640.0 points to trade at 8570.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 7.90% or 181.0 points to end at 2473.0 and NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) was up 7.04% or 240.0 points to 3650.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 16.93% or 519.0 points to trade at 2546.0 in late trade. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) declined 10.35% or 535.0 points to end at 4635.0 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) shed 7.98% or 58.0 points to 669.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2560 to 944 and 183 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.65% to 20.19.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.39% or 0.21 to $54.44 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.54% or 0.33 to hit $61.87 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.84% or 11.00 to trade at $1320.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.27% to 108.72, while EUR/JPY fell 0.06% to 125.05.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 94.947.

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