Japan shares lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.88% – Japan equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the , and sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the lost 0.88%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were SoftBank Group Corp. (TYO:), which rose 4.63% or 417.00 points to trade at 9,420.00 at the close. Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (TYO:) added 2.61% or 142.00 points to end at 5,575.00 and Olympus Corp. (TYO:) was up 2.51% or 63.00 points to 2,575.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lasertec Corp (TYO:), which lost 7.54% or 2,900.00 points to trade at 35,560.00 in late trade. MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings (TYO:) declined 5.02% or 166.00 points to end at 3,142.00 and Recruit Holdings Co Ltd (TYO:) shed 4.81% or 397.00 points to 7,857.00.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 2641 to 992 and 236 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 0.76% to 17.15.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.08% or 0.06 to $73.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.05% or 0.04 to hit $77.48 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 3.80 to trade at $2,351.20 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.57% to 155.76, while EUR/JPY rose 0.50% to 169.37.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 104.22.


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