Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.31%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Retail , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Marine Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ), which rose 8.54% or 136.0 points to trade at 1728.0 at the close. JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) added 6.30% or 46.4 points to end at 782.4 and Oji Holdings Corp. (T: 3861 ) was up 4.75% or 32.0 points to 705.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Japan Tobacco Inc (T: 2914 ), which lost 3.91% or 124.0 points to trade at 3048.0 in late trade. Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) declined 3.73% or 74.0 points to end at 1908.0 and Nippon Electric Glass Co., Ltd. (T: 5214 ) shed 3.26% or 100.0 points to 2965.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1841 to 1503 and 184 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 0.64% to 18.53.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.23% or 0.16 to $70.69 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.22% or 0.17 to hit $76.31 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.11% or 1.40 to trade at $1258.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.22% to 109.82, while EUR/JPY fell 0.35% to 127.74.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 94.47.

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