Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.82%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.82%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Real Estate , Services and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.82% to hit a new 6-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ), which rose 2.21% or 34.0 points to trade at 1574.0 at the close. Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) added 2.05% or 70.0 points to end at 3480.0 and Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) was up 1.81% or 26.0 points to 1461.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4502 ), which lost 8.95% or 353.0 points to trade at 3590.0 in late trade. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) declined 6.69% or 450.0 points to end at 6280.0 and Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ) shed 6.38% or 106.0 points to 1554.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3367 to 293 and 78 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.79% to 20.65.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 1.65% or 0.83 to $49.37 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 1.66% or 0.99 to hit $58.62 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.40 to trade at $1252.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.27% to 112.52, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 127.95.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 96.425.

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