Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Warehousing , Finance & Investment and Financial Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 2.13% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Unitika, Ltd. (T: 3103 ), which rose 1.98% or 2.0 points to trade at 103.0 at the close. Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co., Ltd. (T: 5232 ) added 0.84% or 4.0 points to end at 480.0 and The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T: 9503 ) was up 0.65% or 8.0 points to 1238.5 in late trade.

Biggest losers included T&D Holdings, Inc. (T: 8795 ), which lost 7.20% or 127.5 points to trade at 1644.5 in late trade. The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Co. (T: 8750 ) declined 6.24% or 136.8 points to end at 2056.5 and Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T: 6302 ) shed 5.30% or 45.0 points to 804.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2873 to 326 and 169 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 6.63% to 15.59.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.37% or 0.18 to $48.06 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.35% or 0.18 to hit $50.78 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.05% or 0.65 to trade at $1247.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 111.58, while EUR/JPY fell 0.21% to 120.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 99.59.

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