Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.09%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.09%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Railway & Bus , Gas & Water and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ), which rose 6.71% or 115.0 points to trade at 1828.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 6.15% or 133.0 points to end at 2295.0 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) was up 5.94% or 295.0 points to 5260.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ), which lost 4.25% or 60.0 points to trade at 1351.0 in late trade. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ) declined 3.10% or 1590.0 points to end at 49640.0 and Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) shed 2.91% or 170.0 points to 5670.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2339 to 1130 and 215 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.12% to 20.85.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.76% or 0.40 to $52.22 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.83% or 0.51 to hit $60.63 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.42% or 5.45 to trade at $1278.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 109.64, while EUR/JPY fell 0.12% to 124.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 95.955.

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