Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%

Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%

Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.52%

Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the fell 0.52%.

The best performers of the session on the were Familymart Ltd (T:), which rose 2.35% or 180.0 points to trade at 7850.0 at the close. Meanwhile, The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. (T:) added 2.35% or 27.0 points to end at 1174.0 and Konami Corp. (T:) was up 2.27% or 140.0 points to 6310.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were SUMCO Corp. (T:), which fell 5.22% or 150.0 points to trade at 2726.0 at the close. DeNA Co Ltd (T:) declined 3.98% or 96.0 points to end at 2319.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T:) was down 3.79% or 155.0 points to 3935.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1889 to 1447 and 207 ended unchanged.

Shares in The Shizuoka Bank, Ltd. (T:) rose to 52-week highs; up 2.35% or 27.0 to 1174.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.53% to 14.75 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.79% or 0.45 to $57.59 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.09% or 0.69 to hit $64.03 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.22% or 2.70 to trade at $1244.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.12% to 113.41, while EUR/JPY fell 0.09% to 133.21.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.05% at 94.01.

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