Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.53%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.53%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Gas & Water , Construction and Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 2.53% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (TYO: 9107 ), which rose 7.82% or 560.00 points to trade at 7,720.00 at the close. Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. (TYO: 9531 ) added 2.70% or 66.00 points to end at 2,509.00 and Alps Electric Co., Ltd. (TYO: 6770 ) was up 2.49% or 33.00 points to 1,356.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Japan Steel Works Ltd (TYO: 5631 ), which lost 18.79% or 700.00 points to trade at 3,025.00 in late trade. Konami Corp. (TYO: 9766 ) declined 7.19% or 590.00 points to end at 7,620.00 and JFE Holdings, Inc. (TYO: 5411 ) shed 7.09% or 113.00 points to 1,481.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2889 to 683 and 200 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 11.01% to 27.83 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was down 1.26% or 1.38 to $108.39 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 1.09% or 1.22 to hit $111.17 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.69% or 12.91 to trade at $1,869.89 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.44% to 131.13, while EUR/JPY rose 0.23% to 138.06.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.23% at 103.93.

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