Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.04%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.04%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Fishery , Finance & Investment and Machinery sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.04% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were West Japan Railway Co. (T: 9021 ), which rose 1.08% or 80.0 points to trade at 7484.0 at the close. Keio Corp. (T: 9008 ) added 0.90% or 8.0 points to end at 897.0 and Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (T: 3863 ) was up 0.89% or 18.0 points to 2049.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Familymart Ltd (T: 8028 ), which lost 6.42% or 430.0 points to trade at 6270.0 in late trade. Fujikura Ltd. (T: 5803 ) declined 4.46% or 36.0 points to end at 772.0 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ) shed 4.27% or 21.0 points to 471.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2842 to 332 and 187 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.42% to 21.19 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.41% or 0.22 to $53.62 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.48% or 0.27 to hit $56.50 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.15% or 1.85 to trade at $1276.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.07% to 109.70, while EUR/JPY rose 0.16% to 116.44.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 100.57.

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