Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.50%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.50%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Banking , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Automobiles & Parts sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.50% to hit a new 3-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which rose 1.78% or 32.0 points to trade at 1834.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) added 1.14% or 23.0 points to end at 2038.0 and Concordia Financial Group Ltd (T: 7186 ) was up 0.61% or 3.0 points to 498.4 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yaskawa Electric Corp. (T: 6506 ), which lost 4.99% or 110.0 points to trade at 2093.0 in late trade. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) declined 4.14% or 56.0 points to end at 1296.0 and Furukawa Co., Ltd. (T: 5715 ) shed 3.96% or 8.0 points to 194.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3090 to 165 and 113 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.38% to 18.18.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.10% or 0.05 to $51.10 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.02% or 0.01 to hit $54.35 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.63% or 7.85 to trade at $1256.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 110.68, while EUR/JPY fell 0.14% to 117.89.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 100.58.

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