Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.02%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.02%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Rubber , Mining and Shipbuilding sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.02%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nisshinbo Holdings Inc. (T: 3105 ), which rose 4.27% or 40.0 points to trade at 976.0 at the close. Kajima Corp. (T: 1812 ) added 4.26% or 65.0 points to end at 1590.0 and Obayashi Corp. (T: 1802 ) was up 4.20% or 42.0 points to 1042.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which lost 8.05% or 26.0 points to trade at 297.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 6.96% or 201.0 points to end at 2689.0 and Kuraray Co., Ltd. (T: 3405 ) shed 5.77% or 93.0 points to 1520.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1748 to 1736 and 217 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.94% to 18.17.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.26% or 0.68 to $54.58 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.52% or 0.97 to hit $64.58 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.44% or 5.75 to trade at $1309.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.09% to 111.09, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 125.05.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 97.083.

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