Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.18%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.18%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Insurance , Non-Metal Minerals and Manufacturing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were ANA Holdings Inc (T: 9202 ), which rose 1.28% or 54.0 points to trade at 4278.5 at the close. Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) added 1.28% or 4.0 points to end at 316.5 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ) was up 1.26% or 27.0 points to 2165.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NGK Insulators, Ltd. (T: 5333 ), which lost 5.29% or 112.0 points to trade at 2006.0 in late trade. Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) declined 4.51% or 61.5 points to end at 1302.5 and NSK Ltd. (T: 6471 ) shed 3.69% or 53.0 points to 1384.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2075 to 1260 and 233 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.27% to 14.21 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.43% or 0.31 to $71.89 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.58% or 0.46 to hit $79.11 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.03% or 0.40 to trade at $1291.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.92% to 109.88, while EUR/JPY fell 1.45% to 128.76.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 93.81.

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