Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.40%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.40%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Steel , Finance & Investment and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.40% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (T: 4183 ), which rose 3.53% or 22.0 points to trade at 645.5 at the close. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ) added 3.28% or 30.9 points to end at 973.1 and Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (T: 9531 ) was up 3.06% or 17.6 points to 592.4 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ), which lost 3.51% or 32.0 points to trade at 879.0 in late trade. Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ) declined 2.39% or 75.0 points to end at 3065.0 and Kubota Corp. (T: 6326 ) shed 2.11% or 41.0 points to 1901.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1598 to 1591 and 272 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 15.62% to 17.32.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.27% or 0.13 to $48.53 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.47% or 0.25 to hit $52.47 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.17% or 2.14 to trade at $1293.74 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.18% to 108.99, while EUR/JPY fell 0.31% to 128.01.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 93.42.

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