Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.17%

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Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.17%

Investing.com – Japan equities were lower at the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Marine Transport , Insurance and Gas & Water sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.17%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Ebara Corp. (T: 6361 ), which rose 3.02% or 105.0 points to trade at 3580.0 at the close. Nippon Express Co., Ltd. (T: 9062 ) added 2.58% or 15.0 points to end at 596.0 and Nisshin Steel Holdings Co., Ltd. (T: 5413 ) was up 2.48% or 40.0 points to 1652.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T: 5707 ), which lost 2.97% or 18.0 points to trade at 588.0 in late trade. Tokuyama Corp. (T: 4043 ) declined 2.86% or 16.0 points to end at 544.0 and Nikon Corp. (T: 7731 ) shed 2.30% or 39.0 points to 1653.0.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1588 to 1348 and 410 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The Nikkei Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 14.19% to 15.12 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.06% or 0.03 to $53.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 0.12% or 0.07 to hit $55.94 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.35 to trade at $1225.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.06% to 113.82, while EUR/JPY rose 0.06% to 120.63.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 101.54.

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