Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.83%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.83%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Banking , Insurance and Finance & Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.83%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ), which rose 3.85% or 2.0 points to trade at 54.0 at the close. Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6770 ) added 3.44% or 72.0 points to end at 2163.0 and Sony Corp. (T: 6758 ) was up 3.19% or 89.0 points to 2883.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sharp Corp. (T: 6753 ), which lost 11.84% or 18.0 points to trade at 134.0 in late trade. JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) declined 4.85% or 78.5 points to end at 1539.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T: 8331 ) shed 4.43% or 26.0 points to 561.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1306 to 470 and 114 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.81% to 24.47 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.38% or 0.50 to $36.84 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.90% or 0.35 to hit $39.09 a barrel, while the April Gold contract rose 0.32% or 3.90 to trade at $1234.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.24% to 113.42, while EUR/JPY rose 0.08% to 125.79.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.19% at 96.84.

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