Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.78%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.78%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Electrical/Machinery , Machinery and Precision Instruments sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.78% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yamaha Corp. (T: 7951 ), which rose 1.68% or 90.0 points to trade at 5440.0 at the close. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ) added 1.62% or 67.0 points to end at 4200.0 and Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (T: 4272 ) was up 1.40% or 16.0 points to 1161.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ), which lost 5.03% or 432.0 points to trade at 8165.0 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) declined 4.48% or 170.0 points to end at 3625.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) shed 4.05% or 130.0 points to 3080.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3085 to 414 and 82 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 5.31% to 19.99.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to $74.14 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.43% or 0.34 to hit $77.90 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.14% or 1.70 to trade at $1255.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.11% to 110.62, while EUR/JPY rose 0.40% to 129.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 94.13.

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