Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.17%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.17%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Paper & Pulp and Communication sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5201 ), which rose 5.94% or 260.0 points to trade at 4635.0 at the close. JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) added 4.90% or 106.0 points to end at 2270.0 and Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T: 6479 ) was up 4.37% or 100.0 points to 2390.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ), which lost 5.71% or 350.0 points to trade at 5780.0 in late trade. Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ) declined 5.13% or 440.0 points to end at 8140.0 and SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc. (T: 9412 ) shed 3.59% or 18.0 points to 484.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2632 to 788 and 141 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 51.69% to 31.02.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.15% or 0.09 to $61.70 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.09% or 0.06 to hit $65.45 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.20 to trade at $1314.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.14% to 109.53, while EUR/JPY rose 0.28% to 134.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 90.11.

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