Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.34%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.34%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Communication and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.34% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ), which rose 12.46% or 125.0 points to trade at 1128.5 at the close. Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ) added 6.20% or 102.0 points to end at 1747.0 and SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) was up 5.50% or 86.0 points to 1651.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ), which lost 5.11% or 120.0 points to trade at 2230.0 in late trade. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) declined 2.87% or 95.0 points to end at 3210.0 and Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T: 7202 ) shed 2.86% or 46.0 points to 1563.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2246 to 1248 and 188 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 9.14% to 18.00.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.85% or 0.45 to $53.55 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.03% or 0.64 to hit $63.06 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.13% or 1.75 to trade at $1315.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.21% to 110.72, while EUR/JPY rose 0.22% to 125.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.553.

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