Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.23%
Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic , Communication and Finance & Investment sectors propelled shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.23%.
The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ), which rose 2.70% or 37.0 points to trade at 1409.0 at the close. Shionogi & Co., Ltd. (T: 4507 ) added 2.48% or 167.0 points to end at 6908.0 and Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T: 4519 ) was up 2.39% or 180.0 points to 7700.0 in late trade.
Biggest losers included Matsui Securities Co., Ltd. (T: 8628 ), which lost 8.54% or 102.0 points to trade at 1092.0 in late trade. Toyobo Co., Ltd. (T: 3101 ) declined 4.88% or 75.0 points to end at 1461.0 and Haseko Corp (T: 1808 ) shed 4.74% or 69.00 points to 1388.00.
Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1932 to 1636 and 145 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.47% to 17.95.
In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 0.17% or 0.10 to $59.84 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.10% or 0.07 to hit $67.50 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.05% or 0.65 to trade at $1320.75 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 110.59, while EUR/JPY fell 0.02% to 124.57.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 96.352.
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