Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.55%
Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Mining sectors propelled shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.55%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 9064 ), which rose 2.79% or 83.5 points to trade at 3073.0 at the close. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T: 2802 ) added 2.69% or 50.0 points to end at 1905.5 and Subaru Corp (T: 7270 ) was up 2.06% or 50.5 points to 2497.0 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T: 3099 ), which lost 5.55% or 67.0 points to trade at 1141.0 in late trade. Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) declined 4.89% or 230.0 points to end at 4475.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) shed 4.82% or 180.0 points to 3555.0.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2055 to 1432 and 197 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.78% to 22.68.
In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.38% or 0.20 to $52.31 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.54% or 0.33 to hit $60.97 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 3.05 to trade at $1291.45 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 108.58, while EUR/JPY fell 0.04% to 123.94.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 95.537.
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