Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.98%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.98%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Manufacturing , Steel and Real Estate sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.98% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ), which rose 13.41% or 2650.0 points to trade at 22405.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 11.99% or 1055.0 points to end at 9855.0 and Sony Corp (T: 6758 ) was up 11.44% or 505.0 points to 4918.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which lost 6.79% or 230.0 points to trade at 3155.0 in late trade. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) declined 6.52% or 264.9 points to end at 3797.6 and NGK Insulators, Ltd. (T: 5333 ) shed 4.45% or 99.0 points to 2126.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1956 to 1334 and 218 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.05% to 15.11.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was up 0.77% or 0.42 to $54.80 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.54% or 0.33 to hit $61.27 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.47% or 5.98 to trade at $1276.48 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.20% to 113.88, while EUR/JPY rose 0.21% to 132.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 94.48.

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