Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.28%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.28%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Construction , Marine Transport and Communication sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.28% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 9.00% or 97.0 points to trade at 1175.0 at the close. Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T: 5541 ) added 3.76% or 112.0 points to end at 3090.0 and Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 6504 ) was up 3.48% or 22.0 points to 654.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which lost 35.95% or 491.5 points to trade at 875.5 in late trade. Takashimaya Co., Ltd. (T: 8233 ) declined 4.28% or 46.0 points to end at 1028.0 and Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) shed 4.21% or 107.0 points to 2435.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1808 to 1438 and 234 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 1.55% to 15.05.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.26% or 0.13 to $51.05 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December rose 0.28% or 0.16 to hit $56.77 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 2.81 to trade at $1290.99 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.10% to 112.33, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 132.92.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.14% at 92.96.

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