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Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.18%

© Reuters. Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.18% – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Mining, Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Power sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.18%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. (TYO:5202), which rose 3.24% or 21.00 points to trade at 669.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Credit Saison Co., Ltd. (TYO:8253) added 2.94% or 53.00 points to end at 1,856.00 and Tokio Marine Holdings, Inc. (TYO:8766) was up 2.85% or 75.00 points to 2,707.50 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Olympus Corp. (TYO:7733), which fell 2.64% or 66.50 points to trade at 2,451.00 at the close. Taiyo Yuden Co., Ltd. (TYO:6976) declined 2.30% or 100.00 points to end at 4,240.00 and TOTO Ltd. (TYO:5332) was down 1.93% or 90.00 points to 4,575.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2047 to 1442 and 344 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 1.59% to 16.10 a new 1-month low.

Crude oil for June delivery was down 0.63% or 0.51 to $80.39 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 0.65% or 0.55 to hit $84.22 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.65% or 13.05 to trade at $2,006.65 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.40% to 134.63, while EUR/JPY rose 0.37% to 147.65.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.05% at 101.50.

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