Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.10%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.10%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Banking , Shipbuilding and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.10% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Aozora Bank, Ltd. (T: 8304 ), which rose 8.86% or 31.5 points to trade at 387.0 at the close. Mizuho Financial Group, Inc. (T: 8411 ) added 6.25% or 11.7 points to end at 199.0 and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings (T: 8309 ) was up 6.23% or 245.0 points to 4178.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. (T: 8830 ), which lost 2.39% or 72.0 points to trade at 2946.0 in late trade. Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. (T: 8802 ) declined 1.74% or 38.5 points to end at 2168.0 and Mitsubishi Corp. (T: 8058 ) shed 1.71% or 42.5 points to 2443.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2371 to 639 and 300 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.91% to 20.58.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was up 0.59% or 0.27 to $46.08 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.72% or 0.34 to hit $47.29 a barrel, while the December Gold contract rose 0.43% or 5.25 to trade at $1229.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 109.15, while EUR/JPY rose 0.21% to 117.35.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.22% at 99.98.

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