Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.14%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.14%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Trading and Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Softbank Group Corp. (T: 9984 ), which rose 2.41% or 189.0 points to trade at 8028.0 at the close. Dentsu Inc. (T: 4324 ) added 1.75% or 90.0 points to end at 5230.0 and Ricoh Co., Ltd. (T: 7752 ) was up 1.62% or 18.0 points to 1131.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ), which lost 3.45% or 20.3 points to trade at 567.3 in late trade. Subaru Corp (T: 7270 ) declined 3.44% or 88.0 points to end at 2469.5 and Shiseido Co., Ltd. (T: 4911 ) shed 3.33% or 208.0 points to 6032.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2374 to 1094 and 206 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.15% to 20.62.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 0.15% or 0.08 to $53.09 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $61.55 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.15% or 1.95 to trade at $1285.35 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.21% to 109.58, while EUR/JPY rose 0.21% to 124.47.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 96.007.

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