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 Wednesday, as losses in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Retail and Power sectors propelled shares lower.

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

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Concordia Financial Group Ltd (T: 7186 ), which unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to trade at 422.0 at the close. Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K. (T: 4061 ) unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to end at 3110.0 and DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5714 ) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to 3300.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Concordia Financial Group Ltd (T: 7186 ), which unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to trade at 422.0 in late trade. Denki Kagaku Kogyo K.K. (T: 4061 ) unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to end at 3110.0 and DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5714 ) 0.00% or 0.0 points to 3300.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 0 to 0 on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 6.58% to 29.32.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 1.94% or 0.88 to $44.53 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 2.19% or 1.18 to hit $52.62 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.47% or 6.00 to trade at $1287.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.59% to 109.06, while EUR/JPY fell 0.85% to 124.68.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 95.812.

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