Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.19%
Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Marine Transport and Retail sectors propelled shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.19%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ), which rose 9.18% or 27.0 points to trade at 321.0 at the close. Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 1332 ) added 7.28% or 49.0 points to end at 722.0 and Ube Industries, Ltd. (T: 4208 ) was up 5.80% or 142.0 points to 2591.0 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ), which lost 4.69% or 82.0 points to trade at 1668.0 in late trade. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ) declined 4.05% or 160.0 points to end at 3788.0 and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ) shed 3.92% or 65.0 points to 1595.0.
Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2049 to 1443 and 206 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 6.10% to 17.23 a new 3-month low.
In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.02% or 0.01 to $54.57 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.06% or 0.04 to hit $62.47 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.20% or 2.65 to trade at $1316.65 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 109.89, while EUR/JPY fell 0.16% to 125.47.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 95.680.
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