Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.85%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.85%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Transportation Equipment , Marine Transport and Food sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.85%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ), which rose 5.15% or 510.0 points to trade at 10405.0 at the close. Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) added 4.21% or 13.0 points to end at 321.5 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) was up 3.75% or 19.0 points to 525.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which lost 4.77% or 53.0 points to trade at 1058.5 in late trade. JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) declined 4.38% or 28.9 points to end at 631.0 and Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T: 4021 ) shed 3.20% or 140.0 points to 4235.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1796 to 1511 and 242 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.87% to 21.28.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.05% or 0.03 to $60.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $64.59 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.20 to trade at $1325.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 106.52, while EUR/JPY fell 0.08% to 131.95.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 89.70.

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