Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.63%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.63%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Transportation Equipment and Precision Instruments sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.63%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sapporo Holdings Ltd. (T: 2501 ), which rose 7.51% or 166.0 points to trade at 2375.0 at the close. Rakuten Inc (T: 4755 ) added 5.39% or 44.0 points to end at 860.0 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ) was up 5.07% or 125.0 points to 2591.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NTT Data Corp. (T: 9613 ), which lost 8.32% or 123.0 points to trade at 1356.0 in late trade. Marubeni Corp. (T: 8002 ) declined 6.46% or 59.3 points to end at 859.1 and Keio Corp. (T: 9008 ) shed 5.69% or 350.0 points to 5800.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2073 to 1401 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.29% to 25.29.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.74% or 0.47 to $62.67 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.67% or 0.49 to hit $72.34 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.30 to trade at $1235.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.01% to 113.19, while EUR/JPY fell 0.02% to 128.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 96.27.

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