Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.23%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.23%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Transportation Equipment , Rubber and Non-Metal Minerals sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 2.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ), which rose 7.80% or 194.0 points to trade at 2682.0 at the close. Inpex Corp. (T: 1605 ) added 6.56% or 75.0 points to end at 1218.0 and Kajima Corp. (T: 1812 ) was up 5.88% or 86.0 points to 1548.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Bridgestone Corp. (T: 5108 ), which lost 8.92% or 469.0 points to trade at 4789.0 in late trade. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) declined 6.96% or 172.0 points to end at 2298.0 and Amada Co., Ltd. (T: 6113 ) shed 5.30% or 59.0 points to 1055.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2722 to 891 and 180 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.27% to 21.97.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.32% or 1.23 to $94.33 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.18% or 1.11 to hit $95.55 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.70% or 12.95 to trade at $1855.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.03% to 115.38, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 130.91.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 96.050.

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