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 Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Steel and Shipbuilding 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 J.Front Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 3086 ), which rose 3.42% or 43.0 points to trade at 1302.0 at the close. DeNA Co Ltd (T: 2432 ) added 2.00% or 32.0 points to end at 1636.0 and JGC Corp. (T: 1963 ) was up 1.97% or 33.0 points to 1711.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kajima Corp. (T: 1812 ), which lost 3.17% or 51.0 points to trade at 1559.0 in late trade. Shimizu Corp. (T: 1803 ) declined 3.10% or 30.0 points to end at 937.0 and Obayashi Corp. (T: 1802 ) shed 3.05% or 34.0 points to 1082.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2427 to 1070 and 215 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.74% to 16.00.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.55% or 0.35 to $64.33 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.42% or 0.30 to hit $70.91 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.00% or 0.05 to trade at $1308.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.00% to 111.12, while EUR/JPY rose 0.05% to 125.22.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 96.597.

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