Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.80%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.80%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Steel and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.80%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ), which rose 4.31% or 17.00 points to trade at 411.00 at the close. Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5202 ) added 3.32% or 14.00 points to end at 436.00 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ) was up 2.74% or 168.00 points to 6,302.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Yusen K.K (T: 9101 ), which lost 8.55% or 950.00 points to trade at 10,160.00 in late trade. JFE Holdings, Inc. (T: 5411 ) declined 6.19% or 114.00 points to end at 1,729.00 and Japan Post Holdings Co Ltd (T: 6178 ) shed 5.98% or 58.20 points to 915.70.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2121 to 1513 and 133 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.87% to 25.03.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 2.24% or 2.33 to $106.57 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 1.97% or 2.12 to hit $109.83 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.55% or 10.50 to trade at $1,922.70 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.97% to 121.64, while EUR/JPY fell 0.64% to 135.30.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 98.08.

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