Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.63%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.63%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Resources , Telecoms and Financial Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.63%, while the MDAX index gained 0.98%, and the TecDAX index climbed 1.94%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Fresenius Medical Care KGAA ST (DE: FMEG ), which rose 2.71% or 2.200 points to trade at 83.260 at the close. Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ) added 2.66% or 4.44 points to end at 171.44 and Vonovia SE (DE: VNAn ) was up 2.24% or 0.89 points to 40.71 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DE: LHAG ), which lost 5.31% or 1.360 points to trade at 24.250 in late trade. Thyssenkrupp AG O.N. (DE: TKAG ) declined 1.31% or 0.290 points to end at 21.890 and Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ) shed 1.30% or 0.156 points to 11.834.

The top performers on the MDAX were Uniper SE (DE: UN01 ) which rose 4.27% to 24.920, Aurubis AG (DE: NAFG ) which was up 4.25% to settle at 75.560 and Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE: WCHG ) which gained 2.51% to close at 147.30.

The worst performers were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which was down 13.51% to 0.13 in late trade, Covestro AG (DE: 1COV ) which lost 4.19% to settle at 74.500 and Krones AG O.N. (DE: KRNG ) which was down 2.84% to 105.900 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which rose 7.30% to 21.160, S&T AG (F: SANT1 ) which was up 4.95% to settle at 21.200 and Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE: SATG_p ) which gained 4.13% to close at 126.000.

The worst performers were Aixtron SE (DE: AIXGn ) which was down 5.81% to 13.852 in late trade, Adva Optical Networking SE (DE: ADAG ) which lost 3.79% to settle at 5.580 and GFT Technologies AG (DE: GFTG ) which was down 2.98% to 13.030 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 462 to 222 and 84 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 5.20% to 15.64.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.36% or 4.80 to $1318.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.21% or 0.14 to hit $67.91 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.42% or 0.31 to trade at $74.31 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.36% to 1.2117, while EUR/GBP fell 0.37% to 0.8698.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 91.28.

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