Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.29%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Food and Chemical sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.29% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ), which rose 3.53% or 51.0 points to trade at 1497.0 at the close. Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6504 ) added 3.33% or 120.0 points to end at 3725.0 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) was up 3.30% or 485.0 points to 15170.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ), which lost 4.26% or 54.0 points to trade at 1214.0 in late trade. Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ) declined 4.23% or 65.0 points to end at 1473.0 and Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) shed 4.16% or 200.0 points to 4610.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1984 to 1491 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.43% to 17.68.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was up 1.02% or 0.60 to $59.41 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.43% or 0.29 to hit $68.16 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.47% or 6.00 to trade at $1275.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.18% to 109.78, while EUR/JPY rose 0.20% to 122.20.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 98.093.

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