Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.88%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 3.88%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Shipbuilding , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Transportation Equipment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 3.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ), which rose 10.11% or 28.0 points to trade at 305.0 at the close. Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ) added 8.06% or 116.0 points to end at 1555.0 and JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) was up 8.06% or 44.1 points to 591.4 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5413 ), which unchanged 0.00% or 0.0 points to trade at 1258.0 in late trade. Nissan Chemical Industries, Ltd. (T: 4021 ) added 1.26% or 70.0 points to end at 5610.0 and Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. (T: 9983 ) gained 1.31% or 730.0 points to 56620.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 3615 to 92 and 33 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 4.16% to 30.91.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 1.87% or 0.87 to $45.74 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 2.24% or 1.24 to hit $54.05 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 2.70 to trade at $1272.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.41% to 110.91, while EUR/JPY fell 0.07% to 126.36.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 96.357.

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