Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Finance & Investment , Gas & Water and Financial Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.52%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which rose 4.23% or 75.0 points to trade at 1847.0 at the close. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ) added 3.93% or 172.0 points to end at 4545.0 and IHI Corp. (T: 7013 ) was up 2.41% or 80.0 points to 3400.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which lost 18.59% or 700.0 points to trade at 3065.0 in late trade. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. (T: 8601 ) declined 6.22% or 35.7 points to end at 538.2 and Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) shed 3.04% or 69.0 points to 2199.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2801 to 694 and 168 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.35% to 20.06.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.21% or 0.11 to $53.42 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.29% or 0.18 to hit $61.38 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.42% or 5.45 to trade at $1314.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.05% to 109.32, while EUR/JPY rose 0.03% to 125.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 95.453.

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