Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.58%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.58%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Marine Transport , Gas & Water and Food sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.58%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yamaha Motor Co Ltd (T: 7272 ), which rose 1.32% or 45.0 points to trade at 3450.0 at the close. Yamaha Corp. (T: 7951 ) added 1.27% or 60.0 points to end at 4790.0 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) was up 1.21% or 6.0 points to 503.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ), which lost 5.26% or 175.0 points to trade at 3150.0 in late trade. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 7012 ) declined 4.96% or 195.0 points to end at 3732.5 and Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (T: 6305 ) shed 4.79% or 220.0 points to 4375.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2818 to 607 and 137 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.04% to 22.09.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.21% or 0.13 to $61.77 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.25% or 0.16 to hit $64.89 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.21% or 2.80 to trade at $1315.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.10% to 106.78, while EUR/JPY rose 0.23% to 130.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 90.57.

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