Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.53%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.53%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Power , Transport and Paper & Pulp sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.53% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kobe Steel, Ltd. (T: 5406 ), which rose 8.73% or 87.0 points to trade at 1083.5 at the close. Honda Motor Co Ltd (T: 7267 ) added 5.20% or 186.0 points to end at 3762.0 and Tosoh Corp. (T: 4042 ) was up 4.95% or 122.0 points to 2586.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. (T: 2282 ), which lost 11.01% or 360.0 points to trade at 2910.0 in late trade. Yamaha Corp. (T: 7951 ) declined 8.39% or 380.0 points to end at 4150.0 and Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 1332 ) shed 5.50% or 39.0 points to 670.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1846 to 1425 and 233 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 8.14% to 16.34.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was up 0.02% or 0.01 to $54.31 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.18% or 0.11 to hit $60.60 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.00% or 0.01 to trade at $1277.29 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.10% to 114.06, while EUR/JPY rose 0.09% to 132.80.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.17% at 94.54.

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