Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX up 0.08%

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Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX up 0.08%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Chemicals , Software and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Construction , Technology and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.08%, while the MDAX index declined 0.66%, and the TecDAX index fell 0.49%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Linde PLC (DE: LINI ), which rose 1.83% or 2.750 points to trade at 153.400 at the close. Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) added 1.61% or 1.60 points to end at 101.00 and Fresenius Medical Care KGAA ST (DE: FMEG ) was up 1.40% or 0.980 points to 70.960 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ), which lost 3.42% or 0.257 points to trade at 7.257 in late trade. Thyssenkrupp AG O.N. (DE: TKAG ) declined 2.56% or 0.310 points to end at 11.800 and Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ) shed 2.02% or 0.360 points to 17.420.

The top performers on the MDAX were Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which rose 3.49% to 22.840, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE: AFXG ) which was up 2.16% to settle at 80.350 and MTU Aero Engines NA O.N. (DE: MTXGn ) which gained 1.48% to close at 198.80.

The worst performers were Drillisch AG (DE: DRIG ) which was down 14.90% to 32.100 in late trade, Osram Licht AG (DE: OSRn ) which lost 13.39% to settle at 30.28 and Hochtief AG (DE: HOTG ) which was down 10.72% to 125.80 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Cancom SE O.N. (DE: COKG ) which rose 6.64% to 38.200, SLM Solutions Group AG (DE: AM3D ) which was up 6.28% to settle at 6.43 and RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which gained 5.86% to close at 14.450.

The worst performers were SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was down 16.58% to 18.370 in late trade, Drillisch AG (DE: DRIG ) which lost 14.90% to settle at 32.100 and United Internet AG NA (DE: UTDI ) which was down 6.46% to 31.830 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 349 to 346 and 85 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 1.19% to 16.94.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 1.57% or 20.65 to $1296.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.20% or 0.12 to hit $59.29 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.15% or 0.10 to trade at $67.14 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.16% to 1.1228, while EUR/GBP rose 0.93% to 0.8601.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.48% at 96.748.

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