Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.14%

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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 lost 0.14%.

The best performers of the session on the were SUMCO Corp. (T:), which rose 4.16% or 71.0 points to trade at 1776.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. (T:) added 3.44% or 22.0 points to end at 661.0 and Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T:) was up 2.95% or 13.0 points to 453.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Hitachi Ltd (T:), which fell 2.53% or 109.0 points to trade at 4197.0 at the close. Takara Holdings Inc. (T:) declined 2.48% or 26.0 points to end at 1023.0 and Eisai Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 2.35% or 191.0 points to 7920.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2270 to 1240 and 254 ended unchanged.

Shares in Hitachi Zosen Corp. (T:) rose to 52-week highs; rising 2.95% or 13.0 to 453.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 15.98.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 0.61% or 0.36 to $58.88 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.70% or 0.45 to hit $63.89 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.07% or 1.05 to trade at $1469.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.00% to 108.70, while EUR/JPY fell 0.05% to 120.51.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 97.525.

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