Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.17%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.17%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Insurance , Paper & Pulp and Finance & Investment sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Aozora Bank, Ltd. (TYO: 8304 ), which rose 8.56% or 189.50 points to trade at 2,404.50 at the close. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5801 ) added 5.03% or 142.00 points to end at 2,964.00 and Resonac Holdings Corp (TYO: 4004 ) was up 4.30% or 140.00 points to 3,394.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chiyoda Corp. (TYO: 6366 ), which lost 4.00% or 15.00 points to trade at 360.00 in late trade. DOWA Holdings Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5714 ) declined 3.88% or 217.00 points to end at 5,377.00 and Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (TYO: 5707 ) shed 3.06% or 33.00 points to 1,045.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2293 to 1323 and 262 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.96% to 19.88.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.12% or 0.09 to $77.13 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.16% or 0.13 to hit $82.47 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.08% or 1.55 to trade at $2,041.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.01% to 150.01, while EUR/JPY rose 0.03% to 162.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 103.94.

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