Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Shipbuilding, Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic and Mining sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 lost 0.55%.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Yamato Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:9064), which rose 2.79% or 83.5 points to trade at 3073.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. (T:2802) added 2.69% or 50.0 points to end at 1905.5 and Subaru Corp (T:7270) was up 2.06% or 50.5 points to 2497.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. (T:3099), which fell 5.55% or 67.0 points to trade at 1141.0 at the close. Olympus Corp. (T:7733) declined 4.89% or 230.0 points to end at 4475.0 and Showa Denko K.K. (T:4004) was down 4.82% or 180.0 points to 3555.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2055 to 1432 and 197 ended unchanged.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 3.78% to 22.68.
Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.36% or 0.19 to $52.30 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.56% or 0.34 to hit $60.98 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.24% or 3.05 to trade at $1291.45 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.08% to 108.58, while EUR/JPY fell 0.02% to 123.97.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 95.530.