Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.04%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.04%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Paper & Pulp , Textile and Rubber sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ), which rose 22.59% or 41.5 points to trade at 225.2 at the close. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) added 9.39% or 97.0 points to end at 1129.5 and Toray Industries, Inc. (T: 3402 ) was up 3.53% or 34.8 points to 1020.2 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ), which lost 2.69% or 62.0 points to trade at 2239.0 in late trade. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ) declined 2.20% or 90.0 points to end at 4009.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) shed 2.14% or 10.0 points to 457.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1532 to 1416 and 390 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.79% to 17.08 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.35% or 0.19 to $54.52 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.44% or 0.25 to hit $56.91 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.31% or 3.85 to trade at $1235.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 113.53, while EUR/JPY fell 0.25% to 119.48.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 101.50.

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