Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.66%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Gas & Water , Construction and Food sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ), which rose 8.73% or 20.2 points to trade at 251.6 at the close. Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T: 2501 ) added 4.06% or 130.0 points to end at 3330.0 and Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) was up 3.48% or 14.0 points to 416.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ), which lost 4.25% or 17.0 points to trade at 383.0 in late trade. Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 2269 ) declined 1.94% or 180.0 points to end at 9120.0 and NTT Docomo, Inc. (T: 9437 ) shed 0.75% or 20.5 points to 2715.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2256 to 801 and 312 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.95% to 16.07.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.56% or 0.29 to $51.76 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.61% or 0.33 to hit $54.48 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 2.70 to trade at $1252.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 111.82, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 125.19.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 97.18.

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