Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.42%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.42%
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Investing.com – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Financials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 added 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Sofina (BR: SOF ), which rose 1.58% or 1.95 points to trade at 125.70 at the close. UCB (BR: UCB ) added 1.44% or 0.84 points to end at 59.32 and Ackermans V.Haaren (BR: ACKB ) was up 1.21% or 1.70 points to 141.95 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NV Bekaert SA (BR: BEKB ), which lost 0.90% or 0.38 points to trade at 41.26 in late trade. Proximus NV (BR: PROX ) declined 0.44% or 0.13 points to end at 29.19 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) shed 0.30% or 0.04 points to 14.75.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 59 to 54 and 8 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.10% or 1.41 to $1351.71 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 2.04% or 1.00 to hit $48.09 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract fell 0.64% or 0.35 to trade at $54.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.2035, while EUR/GBP fell 0.64% to 0.9118.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 91.30.

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