Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.22%

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

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 0.22% to hit a new 52-week high.

The best performers of the session on the were Nichirei Corp. (T:), which rose 6.54% or 160.0 points to trade at 2605.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Oji Holdings Corp. (T:) added 4.49% or 27.0 points to end at 629.0 and Maruha Nichiro Corp (T:) was up 4.39% or 124.0 points to 2947.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Asahi Group Holdings, Ltd. (T:), which fell 6.06% or 334.0 points to trade at 5181.0 at the close. Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:) declined 5.65% or 117.5 points to end at 1961.0 and Yahoo Japan Corp. (T:) was down 4.95% or 19.0 points to 365.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1839 to 1661 and 267 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.67.

Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.49% or 0.28 to $56.95 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.56% or 0.35 to hit $62.61 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 3.15 to trade at $1486.85 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.13% to 109.00, while EUR/JPY fell 0.11% to 120.73.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.07% at 97.740.

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