Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.74%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.74%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , Utilities and Banking sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 gained 0.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were KBC (BR: KBC ), which rose 2.59% or 1.710 points to trade at 67.810 at the close. Ageas (BR: AGES ) added 2.18% or 0.755 points to end at 35.430 and ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) was up 1.79% or 0.265 points to 15.040 in late trade.

Biggest losers included NV Bekaert SA (BR: BEKB ), which lost 1.54% or 0.70 points to trade at 44.99 in late trade. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) declined 1.17% or 0.830 points to end at 70.210 and bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) shed 0.88% or 0.19 points to 21.28.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 60 to 53 and 8 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.37% or 4.85 to $1292.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 4.38% or 2.11 to hit $46.08 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 3.49% or 1.75 to trade at $48.37 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.36% to 1.1237, while EUR/GBP fell 0.45% to 0.8695.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 96.79.

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