Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.08%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.08%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Electrical/Machinery , Trading and Transportation Equipment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ), which rose 8.22% or 105.5 points to trade at 1388.5 at the close. Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ) added 4.97% or 27.0 points to end at 570.0 and IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) was up 4.83% or 16.5 points to 358.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ube Industries, Ltd. (T: 4208 ), which lost 2.97% or 8.0 points to trade at 261.0 in late trade. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T: 8729 ) declined 2.87% or 54.0 points to end at 1825.0 and Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (T: 3863 ) shed 2.86% or 61.0 points to 2073.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1745 to 1363 and 244 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 9.27% to 17.92.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.83% or 0.40 to $48.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.74% or 0.38 to hit $51.80 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.43% or 5.45 to trade at $1250.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 111.09, while EUR/JPY fell 0.30% to 119.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 99.72.

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