Finland shares higher at close of trade; OMX Helsinki 25 up 0.37%

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Finland shares higher at close of trade; OMX Helsinki 25 up 0.37%
Credit: © Reuters. – Finland equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Telecoms and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Helsinki, the OMX Helsinki 25 rose 0.37% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the OMX Helsinki 25 were Fortum Oyj (HE: FORTUM ), which rose 1.97% or 0.37 points to trade at 19.12 at the close. Kesko Oyj (HE: KESKOB ) added 1.87% or 0.94 points to end at 51.30 and Elisa Oyj (HE: ELISA ) was up 1.63% or 0.62 points to 38.56 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Wartsila Oyj Abp (HE: WRT1V ), which lost 1.12% or 0.16 points to trade at 14.16 in late trade. Neste Oil Oyj (HE: NESTE ) declined 0.91% or 0.72 points to end at 78.20 and Outokumpu Oyj (HE: OUT1V ) shed 0.74% or 0.0290 points to 3.8770.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 78 to 75 and 15 ended unchanged on the Helsinki Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Brent oil for March delivery was down 0.55% or 0.34 to $60.98 a barrel. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.90% or 0.47 to hit $51.84 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.20% or 2.65 to trade at $1291.15 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.1386, while EUR/GBP fell 0.62% to 0.8790.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.11% at 95.778.

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