Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.00%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.00%

Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Mining , Insurance and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 3.00% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which rose 7.22% or 365.00 points to trade at 5,421.00 at the close. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ) added 6.03% or 320.00 points to end at 5,630.00 and Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ) was up 5.87% or 142.00 points to 2,560.50 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 4.31% or 380.00 points to trade at 8,430.00 in late trade. Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) declined 2.97% or 340.00 points to end at 11,100.00 and Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ) shed 2.96% or 360.00 points to 11,810.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 3006 to 627 and 173 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.52% to 24.40 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.57% or 0.62 to $109.89 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.70% or 0.81 to hit $116.29 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 0.09% or 1.70 to trade at $1,919.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.21% to 121.06, while EUR/JPY rose 0.17% to 133.43.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 98.56.

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