Japan shares decrease at shut of commerce; Nikkei 225 down 0.99%

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

At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 declined 0.99%.

The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Pacific Metals Co., Ltd. (T:5541), which rose 4.25% or 114.0 points to trade at 2798.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Toho Zinc Co., Ltd. (T:5707) added 2.41% or 80.0 points to end at 3400.0 and Shin-Etsu Chemical Co., Ltd. (T:4063) was up 2.11% or 192.0 points to 9282.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fujikura Ltd. (T:5803), which fell 8.48% or 39.0 points to trade at 421.0 at the close. Furukawa Electric Co., Ltd. (T:5801) declined 7.77% or 248.0 points to end at 2942.0 and Familymart Ltd (T:8028) was down 4.23% or 135.0 points to 3060.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2455 to 1010 and 216 ended unchanged.

The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.92% to 17.21.

Crude oil for April delivery was up 0.47% or 0.27 to $57.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 0.18% or 0.12 to hit $66.79 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.64% or 8.35 to trade at $1306.45 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was up 0.02% to 111.38, while EUR/JPY rose 0.11% to 125.81.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 96.857.