Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.68%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.68%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Steel , Non-Metal Minerals and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.68%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which rose 3.28% or 59.5 points to trade at 1875.0 at the close. Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 9064 ) added 2.23% or 74.0 points to end at 3387.0 and Kikkoman Corp. (T: 2801 ) was up 2.20% or 110.0 points to 5100.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T: 5706 ), which lost 5.62% or 205.0 points to trade at 3445.0 in late trade. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T: 5801 ) declined 5.45% or 205.0 points to end at 3555.0 and Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T: 5301 ) shed 5.29% or 103.0 points to 1843.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2522 to 884 and 189 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 15.68% to 15.97.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was down 0.76% or 0.51 to $66.53 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October fell 0.52% or 0.38 to hit $72.08 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.49% or 5.90 to trade at $1194.80 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.12% to 111.29, while EUR/JPY fell 0.02% to 126.07.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.15% at 96.69.

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