Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.39%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.39%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Glass sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 2.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Konica Minolta, Inc. (T: 4902 ), which rose 0.77% or 8.0 points to trade at 1049.0 at the close. Toyo Seikan Group Holdings, Ltd. (T: 5901 ) added 0.76% or 20.0 points to end at 2656.0 and Chiyoda Corp. (T: 6366 ) was up 0.31% or 1.0 points to 319.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T: 9107 ), which lost 10.04% or 169.0 points to trade at 1515.0 in late trade. Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ) declined 8.82% or 415.0 points to end at 4290.0 and TOTO Ltd. (T: 5332 ) shed 6.51% or 285.0 points to 4090.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 3037 to 531 and 146 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 12.34% to 17.62 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.13% or 0.60 to $53.55 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.01% or 0.62 to hit $62.31 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.36% or 4.50 to trade at $1244.10 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.57% to 113.02, while EUR/JPY fell 0.31% to 128.64.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 96.600.

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