Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.38%

Japan shares higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.38% – Japan equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Tokyo, the rose 0.38% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the were Chugai Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 3.89% or 300.0 points to trade at 8020.0 at the close. Sony Financial Holdings Inc. (T:) added 3.38% or 78.0 points to end at 2388.0 and Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:) was up 3.21% or 71.0 points to 2281.0 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Chiyoda Corp. (T:), which lost 8.04% or 25.0 points to trade at 286.0 in late trade. SUMCO Corp. (T:) declined 2.97% or 44.0 points to end at 1435.0 and Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co Ltd (T:) shed 2.94% or 56.0 points to 1851.0.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 2632 to 874 and 233 ended unchanged on the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 16.79.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.22% or 0.13 to $58.17 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in November rose 0.16% or 0.10 to hit $63.70 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.91% or 13.75 to trade at $1502.05 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.35% to 108.06, while EUR/JPY fell 0.23% to 119.33.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.09% at 98.042.

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