Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.08%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.08%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Retail and Transportation Equipment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.08%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ), which rose 4.20% or 144.0 points to trade at 3575.0 at the close. IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) added 2.73% or 72.0 points to end at 2713.0 and TOTO Ltd. (T: 5332 ) was up 2.08% or 90.0 points to 4410.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which lost 5.43% or 170.0 points to trade at 2960.0 in late trade. Ube Industries, Ltd. (T: 4208 ) declined 2.95% or 71.0 points to end at 2339.0 and Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ) shed 2.64% or 43.0 points to 1583.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2214 to 1295 and 207 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.00% to 15.87 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.30% or 0.18 to $59.56 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.55% or 0.37 to hit $67.91 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.29% or 3.75 to trade at $1305.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 111.28, while EUR/JPY rose 0.03% to 126.35.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 95.835.

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