Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%

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Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.50%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Transportation Equipment , Fishery and Pharmaceutical Industry sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 gained 0.50% to hit a new 6-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T: 4506 ), which rose 4.48% or 82.0 points to trade at 1913.0 at the close. Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ) added 4.36% or 17.0 points to end at 407.0 and Maruha Nichiro Corp (T: 1333 ) was up 4.27% or 125.0 points to 3055.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included SUMCO Corp. (T: 3436 ), which lost 4.78% or 74.0 points to trade at 1475.0 in late trade. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ) declined 4.61% or 169.0 points to end at 3497.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) shed 4.51% or 77.0 points to 1630.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2025 to 988 and 319 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.55% to 18.47.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.23% or 0.12 to $52.71 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.16% or 0.09 to hit $55.60 a barrel, while the February Gold contract fell 0.19% or 2.25 to trade at $1163.55 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.17% to 115.21, while EUR/JPY rose 0.18% to 122.58.

The US Dollar Index was unchanged 0.00% at 101.00.

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