Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.02%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.02%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Transport , Chemical and Food sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Konami Corp. (T: 9766 ), which rose 4.86% or 280.0 points to trade at 6040.0 at the close. Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) added 3.35% or 8.8 points to end at 271.2 and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 1332 ) was up 3.21% or 19.0 points to 610.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 2.46% or 42.0 points to trade at 1662.0 in late trade. Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 1925 ) declined 2.36% or 88.0 points to end at 3633.0 and Taisei Corp. (T: 1801 ) shed 2.15% or 21.0 points to 953.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1807 to 1157 and 386 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.40% to 14.51.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.68% or 0.33 to $47.86 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.78% or 0.39 to hit $49.73 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.13% or 1.65 to trade at $1295.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.17% to 109.22, while EUR/JPY fell 0.37% to 122.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 96.62.

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