Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.22%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.22%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Fishery , Power and Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.22%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Takara Holdings Inc. (T: 2531 ), which rose 3.76% or 32.0 points to trade at 882.0 at the close. Sharp Corp. (T: 6753 ) added 2.99% or 4.0 points to end at 138.0 and Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) was up 2.54% or 28.0 points to 1132.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ), which lost 7.97% or 16.6 points to trade at 191.8 in late trade. Okuma Corp. (T: 6103 ) declined 4.23% or 35.0 points to end at 792.0 and Tobu Railway Co., Ltd. (T: 9001 ) shed 2.62% or 15.0 points to 557.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 884 to 852 and 154 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 2.86% to 23.77 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.40% or 0.54 to $39.00 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.62% or 0.25 to hit $40.58 a barrel, while the April Gold contract rose 2.46% or 30.20 to trade at $1260.00 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.40% to 112.11, while EUR/JPY fell 0.35% to 125.92.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 95.62.

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