Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.99%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.99%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Shipbuilding and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.99%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which rose 4.25% or 114.0 points to trade at 2798.0 at the close. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) added 2.41% or 80.0 points to end at 3400.0 and Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4063 ) was up 2.11% or 192.0 points to 9282.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fujikura Ltd. (T: 5803 ), which lost 8.48% or 39.0 points to trade at 421.0 in late trade. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 5801 ) declined 7.77% or 248.0 points to end at 2942.0 and Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ) shed 4.23% or 135.0 points to 3060.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2455 to 1010 and 216 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.92% to 17.21.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.55% or 0.31 to $57.18 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.21% or 0.14 to hit $66.81 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.64% or 8.35 to trade at $1306.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.02% to 111.38, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 125.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 96.852.

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