Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Automobiles & Parts and Rubber sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ), which rose 7.03% or 32.0 points to trade at 487.0 at the close. Hitachi, Ltd. (T: 6501 ) added 6.36% or 30.0 points to end at 501.8 and J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ) was up 6.15% or 83.0 points to 1432.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ), which lost 5.64% or 78.5 points to trade at 1313.0 in late trade. Toray Industries, Inc. (T: 3402 ) declined 3.88% or 37.8 points to end at 936.5 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) shed 3.04% or 13.0 points to 414.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1263 to 658 and 144 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.25% to 20.47.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was up 1.11% or 0.54 to $49.23 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December rose 1.04% or 0.53 to hit $51.40 a barrel, while the December Gold contract rose 0.33% or 4.15 to trade at $1273.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.09% to 102.98, while EUR/JPY rose 0.17% to 115.48.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.02% at 96.08.

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