Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.13%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 2.13%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Rubber and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 rose 2.13% to hit a new all time high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (TYO: 7003 ), which rose 26.22% or 300.00 points to trade at 1,444.00 at the close. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (TYO: 7735 ) added 10.16% or 1,835.00 points to end at 19,895.00 and Advantest Corp. (TYO: 6857 ) was up 7.49% or 494.00 points to 7,088.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (TYO: 4519 ), which lost 4.11% or 242.00 points to trade at 5,648.00 in late trade. Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (TYO: 4506 ) declined 2.51% or 9.00 points to end at 349.00 and CyberAgent Inc (TYO: 4751 ) shed 2.33% or 24.50 points to 1,029.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2104 to 1541 and 247 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 5.66% to 20.55.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.36% or 0.28 to $78.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.33% or 0.27 to hit $83.30 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.27% or 5.50 to trade at $2,039.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.04% to 150.22, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 162.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 103.77.

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