Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.48%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.48%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Mining and Steel sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.48%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which rose 4.87% or 470.0 points to trade at 10125.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 3.13% or 71.0 points to end at 2338.0 and Tokyo Electron Ltd. (T: 8035 ) was up 2.77% or 615.0 points to 22850.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ), which lost 5.79% or 65.0 points to trade at 1057.0 in late trade. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) declined 5.04% or 86.0 points to end at 1620.0 and Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) shed 4.79% or 123.0 points to 2443.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2411 to 984 and 188 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.02% to 15.48.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.09% or 0.06 to $64.03 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.07% or 0.05 to hit $69.33 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.87% or 11.60 to trade at $1327.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 111.27, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 135.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 90.60.

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