Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.15%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.15%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T: 8331 ), which rose 3.83% or 21.0 points to trade at 569.0 at the close. KDDI Corp. (T: 9433 ) added 2.35% or 65.5 points to end at 2857.5 and NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) was up 2.33% or 100.0 points to 4385.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which lost 3.16% or 96.0 points to trade at 2944.0 in late trade. Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) declined 2.62% or 40.0 points to end at 1485.0 and Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) shed 2.61% or 65.0 points to 2428.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1863 to 1611 and 248 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.23.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.63% or 0.94 to $58.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 1.26% or 0.81 to hit $64.97 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.44% or 6.15 to trade at $1394.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.11% to 108.97, while EUR/JPY rose 0.20% to 122.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 97.093.

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