Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.05%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.05%
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Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Steel , Shipbuilding and Non-Metal Minerals sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Astellas Pharma Inc. (T: 4503 ), which rose 2.11% or 33.7 points to trade at 1629.2 at the close. Suzuki Motor Corp. (T: 7269 ) added 1.94% or 80.0 points to end at 4205.0 and Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K. (T: 5002 ) was up 1.59% or 18.0 points to 1147.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included DeNA Co Ltd (T: 2432 ), which lost 7.67% or 219.0 points to trade at 2638.0 in late trade. Ube Industries, Ltd. (T: 4208 ) declined 4.25% or 11.0 points to end at 248.0 and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (T: 9104 ) shed 4.02% or 14.0 points to 334.5.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1651 to 1395 and 321 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 2.44% to 18.92.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.55% or 0.29 to $53.24 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.34% or 0.19 to hit $55.40 a barrel, while the February Gold contract rose 0.56% or 6.35 to trade at $1143.75 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.70% to 117.12, while EUR/JPY fell 0.45% to 122.70.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.40% at 102.51.

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