Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.73%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.73%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Transport and Construction sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.73%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ), which rose 2.61% or 120.0 points to trade at 4715.0 at the close. Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) added 2.22% or 61.0 points to end at 2806.0 and Taisei Corp. (T: 1801 ) was up 2.10% or 110.0 points to 5355.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which lost 7.56% or 84.0 points to trade at 1027.5 in late trade. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) declined 6.00% or 290.0 points to end at 4545.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) shed 5.04% or 90.0 points to 1696.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2191 to 1125 and 204 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 9.76% to 25.62.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.70% or 0.44 to $62.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.74% or 0.49 to hit $65.30 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.04% or 0.60 to trade at $1334.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.41% to 105.70, while EUR/JPY fell 0.29% to 131.26.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 89.50.

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