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 Shipbuilding , Real Estate and Finance & Investment 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 Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5413 ), which rose 15.59% or 233.0 points to trade at 1728.0 at the close. Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 5901 ) added 10.78% or 182.0 points to end at 1870.0 and NTN Corp. (T: 6472 ) was up 5.30% or 26.0 points to 517.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ebara Corp. (T: 6361 ), which lost 5.28% or 210.0 points to trade at 3765.0 in late trade. Kuraray Co., Ltd. (T: 3405 ) declined 4.32% or 82.0 points to end at 1815.0 and Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ) shed 4.19% or 19.0 points to 435.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2036 to 1323 and 214 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.10% to 14.40 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was down 0.39% or 0.28 to $71.03 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.62% or 0.49 to hit $77.94 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract rose 0.28% or 3.60 to trade at $1293.90 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 110.23, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 130.50.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 93.15.

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