Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.44%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Paper & Pulp , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which rose 7.29% or 275.0 points to trade at 4045.0 at the close. Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 2502 ) added 7.15% or 394.0 points to end at 5904.0 and Comsys Holdings Corp. (T: 1721 ) was up 6.27% or 183.0 points to 3100.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Yokogawa Electric Corp. (T: 6841 ), which lost 12.10% or 287.0 points to trade at 2085.0 in late trade. Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T: 9501 ) declined 8.14% or 48.5 points to end at 547.5 and Minebea Mitsumi Inc (T: 6479 ) shed 5.77% or 129.0 points to 2108.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1999 to 1350 and 212 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.63% to 14.86 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 2.97% or 2.05 to $71.11 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 2.95% or 2.21 to hit $77.06 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.59% or 7.80 to trade at $1305.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.57% to 109.74, while EUR/JPY rose 0.36% to 129.94.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.20% at 93.13.

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