Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.01%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 3.01%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Shipbuilding and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 3.01% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsubishi Logistics Corp. (T: 9301 ), which rose 0.75% or 22.0 points to trade at 2973.0 at the close. Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd. (T: 8804 ) added 0.38% or 5.0 points to end at 1328.0 and Pioneer Corp. (T: 6773 ) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to 65.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Eisai Co., Ltd. (T: 4523 ), which lost 19.83% or 1500.0 points to trade at 6065.0 in late trade. Aozora Bank, Ltd. (T: 8304 ) declined 7.91% or 248.5 points to end at 2891.5 and Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) shed 6.40% or 302.5 points to 4422.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3202 to 441 and 112 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.03% to 15.44 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.51% or 0.30 to $58.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.42% or 0.28 to hit $66.47 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.37% or 4.90 to trade at $1323.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.15% to 110.08, while EUR/JPY rose 0.01% to 124.42.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 96.110.

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