Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.23%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 1.23%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Automobiles & Parts , Paper & Pulp and Textile sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 1.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fujikura Ltd. (TYO: 5803 ), which rose 6.53% or 37.00 points to trade at 604.00 at the close. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (TYO: 4506 ) added 4.41% or 48.00 points to end at 1,137.00 and Yamaha Corp. (TYO: 7951 ) was up 3.91% or 200.00 points to 5,320.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (TYO: 9501 ), which lost 4.29% or 21.00 points to trade at 468.00 in late trade. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5541 ) declined 2.26% or 90.00 points to end at 3,885.00 and Canon Inc (TYO: 7751 ) shed 2.18% or 68.00 points to 3,046.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2166 to 1328 and 251 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.37% to 21.64.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 1.58% or 1.61 to $103.80 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.60% or 1.71 to hit $108.51 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.12% or 2.30 to trade at $1,953.30 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.04% to 127.93, while EUR/JPY rose 0.61% to 139.60.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.45% at 99.96.

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