Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.31%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.31%
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Investing.com – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 added 1.31% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Ackermans V.Haaren (BR: ACKB ), which rose 2.20% or 3.20 points to trade at 148.80 at the close. Solvay SA (BR: SOLB ) added 2.11% or 2.45 points to end at 118.50 and KBC (BR: KBC ) was up 2.05% or 1.460 points to 72.720 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Cofinimmo-Sicafi (BR: COFB ), which lost 0.63% or 0.70 points to trade at 110.00 in late trade. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) declined 0.02% or 0.020 points to end at 80.580 and UCB (BR: UCB ) gained 0.12% or 0.08 points to 66.32.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 79 to 29 and 21 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.07% or 0.90 to $1319.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.75% or 0.46 to hit $62.09 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.31% or 0.21 to trade at $68.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.40% to 1.2064, while EUR/GBP rose 0.23% to 0.8910.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.24% at 91.67.

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