Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.11%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.11%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Warehousing and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.11% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T: 5232 ), which rose 4.75% or 20.0 points to trade at 441.0 at the close. Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) added 3.52% or 98.5 points to end at 2895.0 and The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ) was up 3.48% or 33.2 points to 988.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ), which lost 9.94% or 17.0 points to trade at 154.0 in late trade. Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (T: 4183 ) declined 6.03% or 21.0 points to end at 327.0 and Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Corp (T: 4188 ) shed 4.76% or 26.1 points to 521.7.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1063 to 712 and 131 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.32% to 28.16.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 2.37% or 0.85 to $36.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.45% or 0.55 to hit $38.42 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 0.11% or 1.30 to trade at $1228.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.03% to 110.37, while EUR/JPY fell 0.21% to 125.34.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.19% at 94.79.

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