Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.21%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ), which rose 1.29% or 0.18 points to trade at 14.50 at the close. KBC (BR: KBC ) added 0.63% or 0.430 points to end at 69.070 and Ageas (BR: AGES ) was up 0.53% or 0.210 points to 39.470 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA (BR: GBLB ), which lost 2.02% or 1.78 points to trade at 86.34 in late trade. Sofina (BR: SOF ) declined 0.52% or 0.65 points to end at 124.05 and Ackermans V.Haaren (BR: ACKB ) shed 0.37% or 0.55 points to 150.05.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 59 to 49 and 9 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.14% or 1.79 to $1292.91 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 2.35% or 1.14 to hit $47.27 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.50% or 0.79 to trade at $51.78 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1804, while EUR/GBP fell 0.02% to 0.9224.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 93.18.

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