Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.37%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.37%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Communication and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 1.37% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which rose 5.42% or 134.0 points to trade at 2606.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 4.99% or 245.0 points to end at 5150.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) was up 4.86% or 67.0 points to 1446.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 1925 ), which lost 3.80% or 124.0 points to trade at 3142.0 in late trade. Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) declined 2.32% or 115.0 points to end at 4834.0 and Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) shed 1.47% or 16.0 points to 1073.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2820 to 722 and 195 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.31% to 15.24 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.53% or 0.34 to $63.55 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.22% or 0.16 to hit $71.39 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 5.45 to trade at $1289.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 111.94, while EUR/JPY rose 0.04% to 126.67.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 96.453.

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