Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.24%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.24%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Steel and Shipbuilding sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ), which rose 4.95% or 18.0 points to trade at 382.0 at the close. Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ) added 4.79% or 65.0 points to end at 1422.0 and Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) was up 3.84% or 390.0 points to 10550.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pioneer Corp. (T: 6773 ), which lost 9.30% or 12.0 points to trade at 117.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 7.76% or 135.0 points to end at 1605.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) shed 6.72% or 193.0 points to 2678.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2423 to 977 and 194 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.36% to 16.13.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was up 0.75% or 0.52 to $69.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in November rose 0.23% or 0.18 to hit $79.24 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.07% or 0.80 to trade at $1201.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.15% to 111.47, while EUR/JPY fell 0.19% to 129.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 95.05.

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