Japan stocks lower at close of trade; Nikkei 225 down 2.13%

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Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the , and sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tokyo, the declined 2.13% to hit a new 3-months low.

The best performers of the session on the were Kirin Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:), which rose 1.91% or 40.5 points to trade at 2159.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Familymart Ltd (T:) added 1.13% or 27.0 points to end at 2422.0 and Olympus Corp. (T:) was up 0.77% or 15.5 points to 2020.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Shinsei Bank, Ltd. (T:), which fell 7.35% or 119.0 points to trade at 1500.0 at the close. SUMCO Corp. (T:) declined 7.01% or 128.0 points to end at 1698.0 and The Chiba Bank, Ltd. (T:) was down 6.57% or 39.0 points to 555.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 3522 to 215 and 62 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 27.65 a new 52-week high.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 1.17% or 0.57 to $48.16 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May fell 1.21% or 0.64 to hit $52.17 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 3.05 to trade at $1646.15 a troy ounce.

USD/JPY was down 0.21% to 110.19, while EUR/JPY rose 0.10% to 120.25.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 98.855.

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