Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.95%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.95%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Pharmaceutical Industry , Power and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 0.95%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Eisai Co., Ltd. (TYO: 4523 ), which rose 13.56% or 920.00 points to trade at 7,704.00 at the close. Yamaha Corp. (TYO: 7951 ) added 6.24% or 305.00 points to end at 5,190.00 and Rakuten Inc (TYO: 4755 ) was up 6.09% or 37.00 points to 645.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Yusen K.K (TYO: 9101 ), which lost 15.82% or 470.00 points to trade at 2,500.00 in late trade. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (TYO: 9104 ) declined 13.02% or 397.00 points to end at 2,653.00 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO: 9107 ) shed 6.74% or 150.00 points to 2,077.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2337 to 1238 and 176 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 7.56% to 26.33 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was down 1.80% or 1.48 to $80.67 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December fell 1.71% or 1.51 to hit $86.54 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 1.19% or 19.85 to trade at $1,650.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.34% to 144.65, while EUR/JPY fell 0.55% to 139.57.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.95% at 113.58.

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