Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.59%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.59%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Manufacturing , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which rose 17.73% or 1500.0 points to trade at 9962.0 at the close. Mazda Motor Corp (T: 7261 ) added 6.38% or 78.0 points to end at 1300.0 and Subaru Corp (T: 7270 ) was up 6.01% or 153.0 points to 2697.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ), which lost 6.13% or 55.3 points to trade at 846.5 in late trade. Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ) declined 5.94% or 31.0 points to end at 491.0 and Marui Group Co., Ltd. (T: 8252 ) shed 5.62% or 120.0 points to 2015.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2542 to 956 and 186 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 4.53% to 17.30.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.50% or 0.27 to $53.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.62% or 0.39 to hit $62.30 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.50% or 6.55 to trade at $1307.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.05% to 110.02, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 124.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 96.297.

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