Investing.com – Japan stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Mining, Power and Gas&Water sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 fell 0.60% to hit a new 6-months low.
The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Tokai Carbon Co., Ltd. (T:5301), which rose 3.01% or 42.0 points to trade at 1438.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Advantest Corp. (T:6857) added 2.76% or 59.0 points to end at 2198.0 and Suzuki Motor Corp. (T:7269) was up 2.46% or 137.0 points to 5699.0 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Inpex Corp. (T:1605), which fell 7.20% or 78.0 points to trade at 1006.0 at the close. The Kansai Electric Power Co. (T:9503) declined 5.31% or 93.0 points to end at 1657.0 and Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) was down 5.14% or 80.0 points to 1475.0.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 2031 to 1523 and 185 ended unchanged.
Shares in Inpex Corp. (T:1605) fell to 52-week lows; falling 7.20% or 78.0 to 1006.0. Shares in Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd. (T:9107) fell to 3-years lows; down 5.14% or 80.0 to 1475.0.
The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was up 9.64% to 22.64.
Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.47% or 0.22 to $46.82 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 0.78% or 0.44 to hit $56.70 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.10% or 1.25 to trade at $1254.85 a troy ounce.
USD/JPY was down 0.15% to 112.35, while EUR/JPY rose 0.19% to 128.08.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 96.297.