Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.57%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.57%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Resources and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX rose 0.57%, while the MDAX index added 0.29%, and the TecDAX index climbed 1.20%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Bayer AG NA (DE: BAYGN ), which rose 2.38% or 1.67 points to trade at 71.82 at the close. Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ) added 2.29% or 3.22 points to end at 144.00 and Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ) was up 2.12% or 0.410 points to 19.765 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Henkel & Co KGaA AG Pref (DE: HNKG_p ), which lost 1.12% or 1.20 points to trade at 106.05 in late trade. Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) declined 1.08% or 0.94 points to end at 86.40 and E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ) shed 0.45% or 0.040 points to 8.780.

The top performers on the MDAX were Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE: WCHG ) which rose 2.74% to 110.50, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co (DE: HLE ) which was up 1.92% to settle at 48.96 and Salzgitter AG (DE: SZGG ) which gained 1.90% to close at 37.470.

The worst performers were Rocket Internet (DE: RKET ) which was down 4.50% to 27.58 in late trade, Metro Wholesale & Food Specialist AG (DE: B4B ) which lost 1.46% to settle at 13.4700 and Lanxess AG (DE: LXSG ) which was down 1.28% to 64.960 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Wirecard AG (DE: WDIG ) which rose 4.54% to 188.900, S&T AG (DE: SANT1 ) which was up 4.16% to settle at 26.52 and Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which gained 4.12% to close at 105.000.

The worst performers were Qiagen NV (DE: QIA ) which was down 0.92% to 32.220 in late trade, Cancom SE O.N. (DE: COKG ) which lost 0.85% to settle at 39.560 and Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which was down 0.82% to 21.850 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 444 to 234 and 97 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 4.27% to 14.78.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.65% or 7.90 to $1200.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.04% or 0.71 to hit $69.30 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.37% or 0.29 to trade at $78.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.36% to 1.1648, while EUR/GBP fell 0.16% to 0.8905.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 94.84.

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