Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.21%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.21%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Insurance and Banking sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ), which rose 2.83% or 30.0 points to trade at 1090.0 at the close. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) added 1.74% or 21.0 points to end at 1230.0 and Nisshin Seifun Group Inc. (T: 2002 ) was up 1.61% or 40.0 points to 2522.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aeon Co., Ltd. (T: 8267 ), which lost 3.35% or 75.0 points to trade at 2164.0 in late trade. JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) declined 3.28% or 53.0 points to end at 1564.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) shed 2.83% or 39.0 points to 1337.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2109 to 1380 and 222 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.12% to 16.20.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.63% or 0.40 to $63.48 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.67% or 0.47 to hit $70.81 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.44% or 5.65 to trade at $1301.25 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.22% to 111.48, while EUR/JPY fell 0.06% to 125.23.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 96.855.

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