Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%
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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 lost 2.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T: 7004 ), which rose 19.48% or 150.0 points to trade at 920.0 at the close. Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) added 15.51% or 150.0 points to end at 1117.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ) was up 5.99% or 120.0 points to 2125.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T: 5713 ), which lost 8.96% or 474.0 points to trade at 4816.0 in late trade. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ) declined 5.45% or 5720.0 points to end at 99230.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) shed 5.25% or 126.0 points to 2272.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2392 to 1129 and 213 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0% to 23.23.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.86% or 0.53 to $61.81 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.97% or 0.62 to hit $64.69 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.10% or 1.80 to trade at $1717.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.15% to 107.15, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 129.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 91.013.

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