Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.27%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.27%
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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 lost 2.27% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (T: 9531 ), which rose 3.51% or 80.0 points to trade at 2356.0 at the close. Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. (T: 9532 ) added 3.49% or 59.0 points to end at 1748.0 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) was up 2.72% or 10.0 points to 378.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (T: 6976 ), which lost 6.89% or 209.0 points to trade at 2826.0 in late trade. Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T: 7735 ) declined 6.14% or 315.0 points to end at 4815.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) shed 5.81% or 15.0 points to 243.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2778 to 888 and 120 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 44.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 1.22% or 0.42 to $33.94 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 1.05% or 0.39 to hit $36.83 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 3.50 to trade at $1663.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.86% to 104.72, while EUR/JPY fell 0.31% to 118.77.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.32% at 96.080.

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