© Reuters. Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.20%

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 declined 0.20%.

The best performers of the session on the were Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 1.56% or 39.0 points to trade at 2537.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsui Mining and Smelting Co. (T:) added 1.50% or 42.0 points to end at 2838.0 and Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd. (T:) was up 1.05% or 76.0 points to 7295.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T:), which fell 3.14% or 20.5 points to trade at 633.1 at the close. Tokuyama Corp. (T:) declined 2.74% or 81.0 points to end at 2878.0 and Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (T:) was down 2.65% or 24.0 points to 882.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2299 to 1180 and 247 ended unchanged.

Shares in Kyowa Hakko Kirin Co., Ltd. (T:) rose to all time highs; rising 1.56% or 39.0 to 2537.0. Shares in Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (T:) fell to 5-year lows; losing 3.14% or 20.5 to 633.1.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 13.93.

Crude oil for February delivery was up 1.01% or 0.61 to $61.13 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.22% or 0.81 to hit $67.20 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 1.05% or 15.70 to trade at $1504.40 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.02% to 109.36, while EUR/JPY fell 0.08% to 121.18.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 97.255.

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