Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.12%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.12%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Transportation Equipment , Communication and Railway & Bus sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.12%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ), which rose 6.28% or 156.0 points to trade at 2641.0 at the close. Matsui Securities Co., Ltd. (T: 8628 ) added 4.59% or 49.0 points to end at 1116.0 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) was up 3.47% or 18.0 points to 536.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which lost 10.09% or 1121.0 points to trade at 9989.0 in late trade. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) declined 4.31% or 175.0 points to end at 3890.0 and Mitsubishi Motors Corp. (T: 7211 ) shed 4.03% or 36.0 points to 856.5.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2450 to 943 and 187 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.70% to 16.21.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was down 0.23% or 0.16 to $69.14 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.58% or 0.43 to hit $74.36 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.31% or 3.80 to trade at $1228.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.24% to 110.71, while EUR/JPY fell 0.32% to 129.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 94.03.

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