Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.46%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.46%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Transportation Equipment and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.46% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 3.45% or 44.0 points to trade at 1318.0 at the close. Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) added 2.32% or 7.0 points to end at 309.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) was up 1.60% or 25.0 points to 1589.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ), which lost 13.37% or 301.0 points to trade at 1950.0 in late trade. Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ) declined 6.40% or 175.0 points to end at 2560.0 and Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ) shed 5.40% or 70.0 points to 1227.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2827 to 711 and 175 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.67% to 16.76.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.54% or 0.33 to $61.73 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 0.21% or 0.15 to hit $70.03 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.14% or 1.85 to trade at $1287.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.10% to 110.14, while EUR/JPY rose 0.02% to 123.39.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 97.252.

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