Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.35%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.35%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Mining and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.35%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which rose 6.81% or 360.0 points to trade at 5650.0 at the close. Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) added 4.85% or 710.0 points to end at 15355.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) was up 4.81% or 76.0 points to 1655.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (T: 8233 ), which lost 15.94% or 302.0 points to trade at 1593.0 in late trade. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) declined 8.69% or 315.0 points to end at 3310.0 and Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ) shed 4.14% or 63.0 points to 1457.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2332 to 1182 and 195 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.88% to 21.19.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.95% or 1.04 to $54.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 1.33% or 0.83 to hit $63.36 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.29% or 3.50 to trade at $1224.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.07% to 112.85, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 128.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 96.54.

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