Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.12%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.12%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer & Cyclical , Insurance and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.12%, while the MDAX index added 0.52%, and the TecDAX index added 0.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Commerzbank AG O.N. (DE: CBKG ), which rose 2.69% or 0.295 points to trade at 11.265 at the close. Lufthansa AG VNA O.N. (DE: LHAG ) added 1.60% or 0.330 points to end at 20.965 and Adidas AG (DE: ADSGN ) was up 1.06% or 1.90 points to 180.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Siemens AG Class N (DE: SIEGn ), which lost 1.87% or 2.30 points to trade at 120.50 in late trade. Heidelbergcement AG O.N. (DE: HEIG ) declined 1.06% or 0.930 points to end at 86.790 and Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) shed 0.59% or 0.450 points to 75.990.

The top performers on the MDAX were Norma Group AG NA O.N. (DE: NOEJ ) which rose 10.11% to 52.210, Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which was up 2.35% to settle at 4.49 and Leoni AG (DE: LEOGn ) which gained 2.25% to close at 49.055.

The worst performers were Metro AG (DE: MEOG ) which was down 67.64% to 9.445 in late trade, Bilfinger SE O.N. (DE: GBFG ) which lost 2.20% to settle at 34.220 and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co (DE: HLE ) which was down 1.41% to 44.27 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Xing AG (DE: OBCGn ) which rose 4.35% to 242.10, Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG (DE: O2Dn ) which was up 2.40% to settle at 4.514 and Drillisch AG (DE: DRIG ) which gained 1.91% to close at 53.920.

The worst performers were RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which was down 2.70% to 14.595 in late trade, GFT Technologies AG (DE: GFTG ) which lost 1.60% to settle at 15.380 and Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which was down 1.21% to 83.060 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 478 to 266 and 44 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.40% to 12.67.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.10% or 1.21 to $1217.89 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.17% or 0.53 to hit $46.02 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.17% or 0.56 to trade at $48.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.24% to 1.1385, while EUR/GBP fell 0.54% to 0.8810.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 95.64.

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