Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.33%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.33%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare , Chemicals and Transportation & Logistics sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX rose 0.33% to hit a new 52-week high, while the MDAX index climbed 0.55%, and the TecDAX index climbed 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Lufthansa AG VNA O.N. (DE: LHAG ), which rose 1.85% or 0.235 points to trade at 12.925 at the close. BASF SE NA O.N. (DE: BASFN ) added 1.57% or 1.360 points to end at 87.720 and RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) was up 1.21% or 0.135 points to 11.315 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Thyssenkrupp AG O.N. (DE: TKAG ), which lost 1.17% or 0.275 points to trade at 23.265 in late trade. Commerzbank AG O.N. (DE: CBKG ) declined 1.05% or 0.082 points to end at 7.728 and Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE: PSMGn ) shed 0.49% or 0.180 points to 36.330.

The top performers on the MDAX were Schaeffler AG Pref (DE: SHA_p ) which rose 3.09% to 13.66, Hella KGaA Hueck & Co (DE: HLE ) which was up 2.94% to settle at 34.99 and Rhoen Klinikum AG (DE: RHKG ) which gained 2.61% to close at 25.990.

The worst performers were RTL Group SA (DE: RRTL ) which was down 1.50% to 67.100 in late trade, Aurubis AG (DE: NAFG ) which lost 1.16% to settle at 52.750 and Krones AG O.N. (DE: KRNG ) which was down 1.04% to 85.810 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which rose 5.11% to 44.500, SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was up 5.03% to settle at 24.955 and Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which gained 4.33% to close at 7.065.

The worst performers were Slm Solution G (DE: AM3D ) which was down 2.44% to 32.00 in late trade, STRATEC Biomedical AG (DE: SBSG ) which lost 2.12% to settle at 45.555 and S&T AG (F: SANT1 ) which was down 2.09% to 8.451 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 393 to 348 and 31 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 4.25% to 14.73 a new 52-week low.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.99% or 11.20 to $1141.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.83% or 0.93 to hit $51.83 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 2.05% or 1.11 to trade at $55.13 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.43% to 1.0459, while EUR/GBP fell 0.08% to 0.8379.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.41% at 102.73.

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