Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Power , Pharmaceutical Industry and Banking sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ), which rose 5.52% or 75.5 points to trade at 1442.5 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 3.36% or 75.0 points to end at 2304.0 and Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ) was up 2.66% or 90.0 points to 3475.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Hokuetsu Kishu Paper Co., Ltd. (T: 3865 ), which lost 3.64% or 25.0 points to trade at 661.0 in late trade. Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (T: 8354 ) declined 3.32% or 19.0 points to end at 554.0 and Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T: 4151 ) shed 2.61% or 61.0 points to 2276.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2010 to 1368 and 190 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 5.25% to 22.55.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.52% or 0.34 to $65.28 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.82% or 0.57 to hit $69.91 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.61% or 8.10 to trade at $1335.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.03% to 106.31, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 131.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 89.56.

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