Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.43%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.43%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Construction , Shipbuilding and Textile sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.43%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (T: 6305 ), which rose 7.02% or 315.0 points to trade at 4800.0 at the close. Nippon Light Metal Holdings Co. (T: 5703 ) added 3.16% or 10.0 points to end at 326.0 and Kao Corp. (T: 4452 ) was up 1.80% or 136.0 points to 7708.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T: 4063 ), which lost 4.74% or 620.0 points to trade at 12470.0 in late trade. Fujikura Ltd. (T: 5803 ) declined 3.93% or 44.0 points to end at 1077.0 and Obayashi Corp. (T: 1802 ) shed 3.40% or 47.0 points to 1336.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2877 to 573 and 134 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.78% to 16.53.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 0.98% or 0.64 to $64.92 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.65% or 0.45 to hit $68.75 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.48% or 6.50 to trade at $1333.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 108.72, while EUR/JPY fell 0.36% to 134.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 89.31.

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