Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.05%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.05%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 1.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ), which rose 3.16% or 15.0 points to trade at 489.0 at the close. Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) added 2.30% or 23.0 points to end at 1022.0 and Sekisui House, Ltd. (T: 1928 ) was up 2.17% or 51.0 points to 2397.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ), which lost 5.21% or 3500.0 points to trade at 63700.0 in late trade. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) declined 4.50% or 86.0 points to end at 1826.0 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ) shed 3.49% or 277.0 points to 7654.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1798 to 1681 and 289 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.77.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.46% or 0.26 to $56.36 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.56% or 0.34 to hit $61.16 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.30% or 4.45 to trade at $1488.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 108.47, while EUR/JPY fell 0.20% to 120.12.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 97.715.

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