Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.04%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.04%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Insurance and Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.04%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4063 ), which rose 4.64% or 580.0 points to trade at 13090.0 at the close. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6504 ) added 3.24% or 29.0 points to end at 924.0 and Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) was up 2.92% or 73.0 points to 2577.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sekisui House, Ltd. (T: 1928 ), which lost 3.25% or 69.5 points to trade at 2070.5 in late trade. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) declined 2.97% or 112.4 points to end at 3675.1 and JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) shed 2.96% or 75.0 points to 2462.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1826 to 1562 and 196 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.72% to 16.66.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.08% or 0.05 to $66.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.29% or 0.20 to hit $69.95 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.46% or 6.20 to trade at $1345.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.35% to 108.97, while EUR/JPY rose 0.12% to 135.11.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 89.09.

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