Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.10%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.10%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Automobiles & Parts , Precision Instruments and Warehousing sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.10% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which rose 6.10% or 77.0 points to trade at 1339.0 at the close. Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) added 5.15% or 32.0 points to end at 653.5 and NSK Ltd. (T: 6471 ) was up 3.02% or 41.0 points to 1400.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ), which lost 3.77% or 13.0 points to trade at 331.5 in late trade. Haseko Corp (T: 1808 ) declined 3.60% or 44.0 points to end at 1177.5 and JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) shed 2.79% or 14.4 points to 501.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1623 to 1357 and 363 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.53% to 18.08.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.16% or 0.08 to $50.96 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $53.92 a barrel, while the February Gold contract fell 1.81% or 21.10 to trade at $1142.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.52% to 117.64, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 123.41.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.38% at 102.42.

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