Belgium shares lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.50%

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Belgium shares lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.50%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Goods , Utilities and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 fell 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR: ABI ), which rose 1.29% or 0.80 points to trade at 62.63 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 1.07% or 0.980 points to end at 92.980 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) was up 0.74% or 0.10 points to 13.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Telenet Group Holding NV (BR: TNET ), which lost 3.61% or 1.44 points to trade at 38.48 in late trade. KBC (BR: KBC ) declined 2.55% or 1.560 points to end at 59.560 and Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ) shed 2.17% or 0.41 points to 18.50.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 63 to 49 and 14 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.18% or 2.35 to $1291.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.84% or 0.44 to hit $51.87 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.49% or 0.30 to trade at $61.02 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.11% to 1.1384, while EUR/GBP fell 0.64% to 0.8788.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 95.787.

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