Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.39%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.39%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Industrial Engineering and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 added 1.39%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Argen-X (BR: ARGX ), which rose 2.71% or 2.20 points to trade at 83.30 at the close. Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ) added 2.66% or 0.44 points to end at 17.00 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) was up 2.12% or 0.26 points to 12.28 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR: COLR ), which lost 0.58% or 0.36 points to trade at 61.44 in late trade. bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) declined 0.07% or 0.01 points to end at 7.59 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR: ABI ) gained 0.26% or 0.15 points to 57.50.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 79 to 33 and 19 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.03% or 0.35 to $1281.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.17% or 0.52 to hit $45.13 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.32% or 0.17 to trade at $52.90 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1442, while EUR/GBP fell 0.36% to 0.9008.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 95.942.

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