Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.97%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.97%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.97%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which rose 1.32% or 4.0 points to trade at 308.0 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) added 0.79% or 40.0 points to end at 5120.0 and Sumitomo Realty & Development Co. (T: 8830 ) was up 0.03% or 1.0 points to 3999.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Idemitsu Kosan Co Ltd (T: 5019 ), which lost 5.05% or 160.0 points to trade at 3010.0 in late trade. Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ) declined 4.96% or 54.0 points to end at 1034.0 and Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 5901 ) shed 4.91% or 99.0 points to 1919.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3272 to 342 and 103 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 0.21% or 0.12 to $56.66 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $63.66 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.12% or 1.65 to trade at $1421.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.18% to 107.75, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 121.08.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.10% at 96.757.

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