Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.95%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.95%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Paper & Pulp and Glass sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 2.95% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 7.81% or 109.0 points to trade at 1504.0 at the close. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) added 6.54% or 315.0 points to end at 5130.0 and Fanuc Corp. (T: 6954 ) was up 6.41% or 1735.0 points to 28795.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5714 ), which lost 0.22% or 10.0 points to trade at 4590.0 in late trade. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) declined 0.05% or 0.5 points to end at 1032.0 and Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T: 3865 ) gained 0.15% or 1.0 points to 674.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2884 to 576 and 126 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.49% to 16.03.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.92% or 0.57 to $62.20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.60% or 0.41 to hit $68.25 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.52% or 6.80 to trade at $1311.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 112.56, while EUR/JPY rose 0.18% to 135.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 91.81.

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