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 Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Shipbuilding and Insurance 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 Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T: 3865 ), which rose 2.94% or 18.0 points to trade at 630.0 at the close. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) added 2.76% or 26.0 points to end at 969.0 and Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) was up 2.74% or 18.0 points to 675.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Amada Co., Ltd. (T: 6113 ), which lost 4.30% or 49.0 points to trade at 1091.0 in late trade. Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ) declined 4.22% or 250.0 points to end at 5680.0 and Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4063 ) shed 3.85% or 357.0 points to 8925.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1965 to 1486 and 234 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 3.02% to 17.73.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.65% or 0.38 to $58.64 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.80% or 0.54 to hit $68.09 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.55% or 7.25 to trade at $1302.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.48% to 111.69, while EUR/JPY rose 0.51% to 126.53.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 96.530.

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