Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.76%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.76%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Glass and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 1.76%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. (T: 2282 ), which rose 9.35% or 236.0 points to trade at 2759.0 at the close. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) added 8.52% or 116.0 points to end at 1477.0 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T: 4689 ) was up 3.97% or 16.0 points to 419.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NTN Corp. (T: 6472 ), which lost 14.14% or 57.0 points to trade at 346.0 in late trade. Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. (T: 5802 ) declined 11.58% or 179.5 points to end at 1370.0 and NSK Ltd. (T: 6471 ) shed 8.26% or 96.0 points to 1066.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2733 to 364 and 191 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 15.37% to 22.59 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.75% or 0.35 to $46.32 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.64% or 0.31 to hit $47.83 a barrel, while the December Gold contract rose 0.55% or 7.05 to trade at $1295.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.26% to 103.87, while EUR/JPY fell 0.17% to 114.94.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 97.68.

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