Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.30%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.30%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Transport , Automobiles & Parts and Textile sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.30% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Isuzu Motors, Ltd. (T: 7202 ), which rose 7.91% or 102.00 points to trade at 1,391.00 at the close. Fujitsu Ltd. (T: 6702 ) added 5.54% or 840.00 points to end at 16,000.00 and Hitachi Ltd (T: 6501 ) was up 4.78% or 228.00 points to 4,998.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ), which lost 7.00% or 25.00 points to trade at 332.00 in late trade. Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) declined 6.67% or 560.00 points to end at 7,840.00 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) shed 4.91% or 47.00 points to 910.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2034 to 1517 and 220 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 6.54% to 29.82 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 1.62% or 2.00 to $125.70 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 1.97% or 2.52 to hit $130.50 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.31% or 6.35 to trade at $2,049.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.15% to 115.83, while EUR/JPY rose 0.31% to 126.46.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 98.96.

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