Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Mining sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which rose 6.76% or 434.0 points to trade at 6850.0 at the close. Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ) added 5.11% or 86.0 points to end at 1768.0 and Shimizu Corp. (T: 1803 ) was up 4.29% or 39.0 points to 949.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ), which lost 6.72% or 150.0 points to trade at 2081.0 in late trade. NTN Corp. (T: 6472 ) declined 5.06% or 16.0 points to end at 300.0 and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ) shed 4.85% or 59.0 points to 1157.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 990 to 767 and 149 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.53% to 28.31.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 1.09% or 0.41 to $38.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.90% or 0.36 to hit $40.20 a barrel, while the June Gold contract rose 0.56% or 6.90 to trade at $1230.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.87% to 108.83, while EUR/JPY fell 0.46% to 124.56.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.42% at 94.09.

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