Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.03%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.03%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Resources , Retail and Chemicals sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.03%, while the MDAX index gained 0.17%, and the TecDAX index gained 0.15%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Bayer AG NA (DE: BAYGN ), which rose 2.19% or 1.890 points to trade at 88.140 at the close. Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ) added 1.78% or 2.350 points to end at 134.150 and RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) was up 1.36% or 0.155 points to 11.575 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Muench. Rueckvers. VNA O.N. (DE: MUVGn ), which lost 2.18% or 3.650 points to trade at 163.450 in late trade. Fresenius Medical Care KGAA ST (DE: FMEG ) declined 0.76% or 0.590 points to end at 77.010 and Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) shed 0.71% or 0.480 points to 67.020.

The top performers on the MDAX were Aurubis AG (DE: NAFG ) which rose 3.14% to 46.445, Zalando SE (DE: ZALG ) which was up 2.93% to settle at 26.35 and Salzgitter AG O.N. (DE: SZGG ) which gained 2.49% to close at 28.555.

The worst performers were Tag Immobilien AG (DE: TEGG ) which was down 1.54% to 12.110 in late trade, RTL Group SA (DE: RRTL ) which lost 0.95% to settle at 80.340 and Rhoen-Klinikum O.N. (DE: RHKG ) which was down 0.92% to 27.490 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE: SATG_p ) which rose 2.59% to 259.800, Nordex SE O.N. (DE: NDXG ) which was up 1.28% to settle at 28.085 and Jenoptik AG O.N. (DE: JENG ) which gained 0.86% to close at 14.705.

The worst performers were CompuGroup Medical AG O.N. (DE: COPMa ) which was down 6.77% to 36.950 in late trade, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE: AFXG ) which lost 2.55% to settle at 34.185 and SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was down 2.02% to 49.430 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 499 to 358 and 33 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.15% to 20.63.

In commodities trading, Gold for August delivery was up 0.02% or 0.25 to $1214.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.33% or 0.16 to hit $49.17 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.62% or 0.31 to trade at $50.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.32% to 1.1153, while EUR/GBP fell 0.37% to 0.7734.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.09% at 95.51.

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