Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.72%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.72%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Mining , Transportation Equipment and Precision Instruments sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Fujikura Ltd. (TYO: 5803 ), which rose 3.68% or 38.00 points to trade at 1,070.00 at the close. Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (TYO: 3099 ) added 3.54% or 44.00 points to end at 1,287.00 and Fukuoka Financial Group, Inc. (TYO: 8354 ) was up 3.17% or 82.00 points to 2,671.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Tokyo Electron Ltd. (TYO: 8035 ), which lost 3.78% or 1,760.00 points to trade at 44,820.00 in late trade. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (TYO: 2802 ) declined 2.30% or 104.00 points to end at 4,416.00 and TDK Corp (TYO: 6762 ) shed 2.27% or 110.00 points to 4,730.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1951 to 1499 and 346 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 21.97% to 22.43 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.11% or 0.08 to $74.33 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.21% or 0.17 to hit $79.52 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 4.35 to trade at $1,786.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.24% to 137.38, while EUR/JPY rose 0.17% to 143.72.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 105.59.

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