Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.99%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.99%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Non-Metal Minerals and Steel sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.99%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4502 ), which rose 7.05% or 262.0 points to trade at 3980.0 at the close. Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) added 6.71% or 21.0 points to end at 334.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) was up 5.01% or 53.0 points to 1110.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Oki Electric Industry Co., Ltd. (T: 6703 ), which lost 5.59% or 82.0 points to trade at 1384.0 in late trade. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) declined 4.48% or 175.0 points to end at 3730.0 and Tokyo Dome Corp. (T: 9681 ) shed 4.39% or 45.0 points to 980.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2481 to 1039 and 190 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.74% to 21.23.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.04% or 0.02 to $51.13 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $60.17 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.01% or 0.15 to trade at $1249.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.17% to 113.47, while EUR/JPY rose 0.30% to 129.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 96.933.

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