Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.84%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.84%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Manufacturing and Warehousing sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 2.84% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4502 ), which rose 7.02% or 252.0 points to trade at 3840.0 at the close. Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9502 ) added 1.93% or 31.0 points to end at 1635.0 and The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ) was up 1.81% or 30.0 points to 1687.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which lost 8.31% or 152.0 points to trade at 1677.0 in late trade. TDK Corp (T: 6762 ) declined 7.60% or 600.0 points to end at 7290.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) shed 7.00% or 260.0 points to 3455.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3519 to 173 and 63 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.90% to 23.07.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 2.99% or 1.44 to $46.73 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 2.66% or 1.52 to hit $55.72 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 2.75 to trade at $1253.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.56% to 111.85, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 127.88.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.45% at 96.045.

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