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 Thursday, 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 1.87% or 0.87 to $45.67 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.24% or 0.68 to hit $54.23 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.53% or 6.80 to trade at $1290.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.86% to 107.94, while EUR/JPY fell 0.58% to 122.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 96.170.

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