Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.69%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.69%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Retail and Trading sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were T&D Holdings, Inc. (T: 8795 ), which rose 7.04% or 82.0 points to trade at 1246.0 at the close. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T: 8729 ) added 4.65% or 65.0 points to end at 1462.0 and The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. (T: 8750 ) was up 4.32% or 61.2 points to 1476.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Kayaku Co., Ltd. (T: 4272 ), which lost 5.84% or 66.0 points to trade at 1065.0 in late trade. NEC Corp. (T: 6701 ) declined 4.13% or 11.0 points to end at 255.5 and Casio Computer Co., Ltd. (T: 6952 ) shed 3.99% or 58.0 points to 1397.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1354 to 543 and 161 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.40% to 23.02.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for October delivery was up 0.67% or 0.30 to $45.20 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in November rose 0.38% or 0.18 to hit $47.28 a barrel, while the December Gold contract rose 0.09% or 1.25 to trade at $1324.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.65% to 103.25, while EUR/JPY rose 0.85% to 116.04.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.07% at 95.47.

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