Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.42%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.42%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Transportation Equipment , Gas & Water and Steel sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.42% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pioneer Corp. (T: 6773 ), which rose 4.02% or 8.0 points to trade at 207.0 at the close. The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. (T: 8355 ) added 2.62% or 24.0 points to end at 940.0 and Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ) was up 2.47% or 2.0 points to 83.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5413 ), which lost 6.35% or 91.0 points to trade at 1342.0 in late trade. Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ) declined 5.39% or 71.0 points to end at 1245.5 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) shed 4.37% or 94.0 points to 2059.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1606 to 1533 and 315 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 5.09% to 15.47.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was down 0.52% or 0.25 to $48.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.44% or 0.23 to hit $52.34 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.27% or 3.50 to trade at $1291.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.30% to 109.36, while EUR/JPY rose 0.14% to 128.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 93.29.

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