Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.53%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Utilities and Media sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.53%, while the MDAX index climbed 0.66%, and the TecDAX index climbed 1.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ), which rose 6.46% or 1.170 points to trade at 19.280 at the close. Wirecard AG (DE: WDIG ) added 3.84% or 6.150 points to end at 166.150 and RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) was up 3.34% or 0.690 points to 21.340 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Henkel & Co KGaA AG Pref (DE: HNKG_p ), which lost 3.20% or 2.76 points to trade at 83.48 in late trade. Adidas AG (DE: ADSGN ) declined 2.41% or 5.00 points to end at 202.30 and Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ) shed 1.89% or 0.151 points to 7.822.

The top performers on the MDAX were Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which rose 7.68% to 85.560, Rheinmetall AG (DE: RHMG ) which was up 4.23% to settle at 90.120 and Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE: PSMGn ) which gained 3.41% to close at 15.9350.

The worst performers were Drillisch AG (DE: DRIG ) which was down 5.43% to 36.560 in late trade, Puma SE (DE: PUMG ) which lost 2.45% to settle at 477.50 and United Internet AG NA (DE: UTDI ) which was down 2.38% to 35.200 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which rose 14.42% to 20.000, Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ) which was up 6.46% to settle at 19.280 and Isra Vision O.N. (DE: ISRG ) which gained 5.89% to close at 29.65.

The worst performers were Zooplus AG (DE: ZO1G ) which was down 4.25% to 114.90 in late trade, Kloeckner & Co SE NA (DE: KCOGn ) which lost 1.90% to settle at 6.2050 and Deutsche Telekom AG Na (DE: DTEGn ) which was down 1.83% to 14.190 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 433 to 264 and 80 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 4.24% to 17.40.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.33% or 4.25 to $1279.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.24% or 0.65 to hit $53.27 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.33% or 0.20 to trade at $61.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.58% to 1.1314, while EUR/GBP fell 0.26% to 0.8683.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.48% at 96.227.

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