Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.74%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.74%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Insurance and Retail sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 1.74% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. (T: 8750 ), which rose 8.63% or 119.0 points to trade at 1497.5 at the close. Pioneer Corp. (T: 6773 ) added 7.00% or 18.0 points to end at 275.0 and Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ) was up 5.20% or 1800.0 points to 36390.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (T: 4272 ), which lost 8.31% or 101.0 points to trade at 1115.0 in late trade. Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) declined 5.48% or 28.0 points to end at 483.0 and Japan Tobacco Inc (T: 2914 ) shed 1.31% or 61.0 points to 4585.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1659 to 171 and 60 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.35% to 27.69 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.88% or 0.34 to $38.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.32% or 0.13 to hit $40.26 a barrel, while the April Gold contract fell 0.36% or 4.50 to trade at $1254.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 113.77, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 126.96.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.03% at 96.26.

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