Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.46%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.46%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Healthcare and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 0.46% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were UCB (BR: UCB ), which rose 1.53% or 1.16 points to trade at 76.80 at the close. Ackermans & Van Haaren NV (BR: ACKB ) added 1.50% or 2.10 points to end at 141.80 and Argen-X (BR: ARGX ) was up 1.41% or 1.30 points to 93.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included bpost NV (BR: BPOST ), which lost 1.44% or 0.12 points to trade at 7.88 in late trade. Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ) declined 0.97% or 0.18 points to end at 18.41 and Proximus NV (BR: PROX ) shed 0.47% or 0.11 points to 23.30.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 63 to 48 and 13 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.29% or 3.85 to $1321.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.82% or 0.98 to hit $54.77 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 2.17% or 1.32 to trade at $62.16 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.24% to 1.1471, while EUR/GBP rose 0.40% to 0.8763.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.08% at 95.232.

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