Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX up 0.19%

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Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX up 0.19%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were mixed at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Food & Beverages , Consumer & Cyclical and Insurance sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Retail , Technology and Construction sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.19% to hit a new 1-month high, while the MDAX index declined 0.41%, and the TecDAX index declined 0.53%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ), which rose 2.29% or 1.120 points to trade at 50.120 at the close. Linde PLC (DE: LINI ) added 1.68% or 2.500 points to end at 151.400 and Henkel & Co KGaA AG Pref (DE: HNKG_p ) was up 0.99% or 0.88 points to 89.40 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Wirecard AG (DE: WDIG ), which lost 3.46% or 3.950 points to trade at 110.300 in late trade. RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) declined 1.34% or 0.300 points to end at 22.070 and Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) shed 1.11% or 1.08 points to 96.00.

The top performers on the MDAX were Gerresheimer AG (DE: GXIG ) which rose 5.34% to 68.000, Metro AG (DE: CECG ) which was up 3.05% to settle at 5.000 and Puma SE (DE: PUMG ) which gained 1.96% to close at 468.00.

The worst performers were Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which was down 8.90% to 88.440 in late trade, Fuchs Petrolub AG VZO Pref (DE: FPEG_p ) which lost 7.32% to settle at 37.870 and Delivery Hero AG (DE: DHER ) which was down 3.67% to 34.10 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Nordex SE O.N. (DE: NDXG ) which rose 9.49% to 10.800, Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology O.N. (DE: PV ) which was up 8.26% to settle at 136.30 and Xing AG (DE: OBCGn ) which gained 3.84% to close at 297.50.

The worst performers were SAF Holland SA (DE: SFQN ) which was down 7.56% to 10.270 in late trade, RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which lost 4.09% to settle at 12.180 and Aixtron SE NA O.N. (DE: AIXGn ) which was down 3.26% to 9.2020 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 377 to 313 and 88 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 1.13% to 16.61.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.44% or 19.35 to $1328.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.47% or 0.27 to hit $56.89 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.21% or 0.14 to trade at $66.94 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1330, while EUR/GBP rose 0.07% to 0.8690.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 96.498.

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