Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.53%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.53%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Banking and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 5.36% or 205.0 points to trade at 4030.0 at the close. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) added 4.95% or 75.0 points to end at 1590.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) was up 3.67% or 115.0 points to 3250.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which lost 5.27% or 310.0 points to trade at 5570.0 in late trade. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) declined 4.60% or 111.0 points to end at 2300.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T: 8331 ) shed 4.39% or 32.0 points to 697.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2400 to 1091 and 217 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 7.21% to 18.89.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 1.60% or 0.85 to $52.40 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 1.61% or 1.00 to hit $61.08 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.48% or 6.00 to trade at $1240.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.20% to 113.01, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 128.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 96.995.

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