Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.29%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.29%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Construction , Steel and Financial Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.29% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ), which rose 5.83% or 100.0 points to trade at 1814.0 at the close. Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ) added 5.25% or 153.0 points to end at 3070.0 and Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (T: 5711 ) was up 4.73% or 175.0 points to 3872.6 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which lost 11.18% or 205.0 points to trade at 1629.0 in late trade. Yokogawa Electric Corp. (T: 6841 ) declined 9.67% or 183.0 points to end at 1710.0 and Olympus Corp. (T: 7733 ) shed 6.99% or 285.0 points to 3790.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2659 to 620 and 201 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.96% to 12.88.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.12% or 0.06 to $49.23 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 0.04% or 0.02 to hit $52.16 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.92% or 11.58 to trade at $1274.18 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.58% to 109.70, while EUR/JPY fell 0.75% to 128.69.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 93.51.

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