Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 0.53%

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Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding, Banking and Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.53%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:4506), which rose 5.36% or 205.0 points to trade at 4030.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) added 4.95% or 75.0 points to end at 1590.0 and Nichirei Corp. (T:2871) was up 3.67% or 115.0 points to 3250.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dainippon Screen Mfg. Co., Ltd. (T:7735), which fell 5.27% or 310.0 points to trade at 5570.0 at the close. Advantest Corp. (T:6857) declined 4.60% or 111.0 points to end at 2300.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T:8331) was down 4.39% or 32.0 points to 697.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2400 to 1091 and 217 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:4506) rose to 5-year highs; rising 5.36% or 205.0 to 4030.0. Shares in Nichirei Corp. (T:2871) rose to 52-week highs; up 3.67% or 115.0 to 3250.0.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 7.21% to 18.89.

Crude oil for January delivery was down 1.62% or 0.86 to $52.39 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 1.61% or 1.00 to hit $61.08 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.48% or 6.00 to trade at $1240.60 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.21% to 113.02, while EUR/JPY rose 0.15% to 128.10.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 96.995.

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