Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.74%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 1.74%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Railway & Bus and Real Estate sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 1.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T: 4568 ), which rose 4.66% or 378.0 points to trade at 8489.0 at the close. Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4502 ) added 4.65% or 179.0 points to end at 4028.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T: 2871 ) was up 3.52% or 102.0 points to 2998.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 1925 ), which lost 10.70% or 293.5 points to trade at 2450.5 in late trade. Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T: 7003 ) declined 8.70% or 47.0 points to end at 493.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) shed 7.69% or 59.0 points to 708.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3135 to 521 and 88 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 29.15.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 2.02% or 0.51 to $25.80 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 2.36% or 0.69 to hit $29.88 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.54% or 9.35 to trade at $1725.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.20% to 106.81, while EUR/JPY fell 0.25% to 115.45.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 100.320.

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