Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.45%

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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 fell 0.45%.

The best performers of the session on the were Panasonic Corp (T:), which rose 2.83% or 30.0 points to trade at 1088.5 at the close. Meanwhile, Nippon Meat Packers, Inc. (T:) added 2.56% or 120.0 points to end at 4800.0 and Olympus Corp. (T:) was up 2.28% or 39.5 points to 1773.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Toho Co., Ltd. (T:), which fell 5.71% or 260.0 points to trade at 4290.0 at the close. Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. (T:) declined 3.76% or 134.0 points to end at 3429.0 and Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:) was down 3.41% or 88.0 points to 2494.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1953 to 1593 and 243 ended unchanged.

Shares in Olympus Corp. (T:) rose to 52-week highs; up 2.28% or 39.5 to 1773.0.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.16.

Crude oil for February delivery was down 0.19% or 0.11 to $58.12 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 0.17% or 0.11 to hit $64.38 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.48% or 7.35 to trade at $1551.95 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.03% to 109.94, while EUR/JPY fell 0.01% to 122.38.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 97.085.

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