Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.01%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.01%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Marine Transport , Railway & Bus and Transport sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Meidensha Corp. (T: 6508 ), which rose 5.07% or 19.0 points to trade at 394.0 at the close. Toshiba Corp. (T: 6502 ) added 5.07% or 10.6 points to end at 219.8 and Advantest Corp. (T: 6857 ) was up 4.52% or 87.0 points to 2013.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Showa Denko K.K. (T: 4004 ), which lost 2.95% or 52.0 points to trade at 1712.0 in late trade. Hitachi Construction Machinery Co (T: 6305 ) declined 2.54% or 66.0 points to end at 2531.0 and JX Holdings, Inc. (T: 5020 ) shed 2.38% or 11.7 points to 479.6.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 1737 to 1238 and 363 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.96% to 20.49.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.63% or 0.32 to $51.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.76% or 0.40 to hit $53.33 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.15% or 1.90 to trade at $1281.50 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.11% to 108.98, while EUR/JPY rose 0.61% to 117.31.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 99.36.

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