Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.91%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.91%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Precision Instruments , Electrical/Machinery and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.91% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which rose 3.32% or 520.0 points to trade at 16160.0 at the close. NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) added 1.59% or 55.0 points to end at 3515.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) was up 1.26% or 4.0 points to 321.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included TDK Corp (T: 6762 ), which lost 6.64% or 590.0 points to trade at 8290.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ) declined 6.58% or 106.0 points to end at 1505.0 and Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) shed 6.58% or 142.0 points to 2016.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3013 to 518 and 160 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 3.07% to 19.47.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.83% or 0.44 to $52.45 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.86% or 0.53 to hit $61.03 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.11% or 1.40 to trade at $1241.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.16% to 113.01, while EUR/JPY fell 0.29% to 128.03.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 97.120.

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