Italy shares higher at close of trade; Italy 40 up 0.80%

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Italy shares higher at close of trade; Italy 40 up 0.80%
Credit: © Reuters. – Italy equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Industrials and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Milan, the Italy 40 added 0.80%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Italy 40 were STMicroelectronics (MI: STM ), which rose 10.16% or 1.270 points to trade at 13.765 at the close. Azimut Holding (MI: AZMT ) added 7.60% or 0.74 points to end at 10.53 and Leonardo SpA (MI: LDOF ) was up 2.53% or 0.202 points to 8.180 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Unione di Banche Italiane SpA (MI: UBI ), which lost 2.04% or 0.0480 points to trade at 2.3090 in late trade. Recordati (MI: RECI ) declined 1.73% or 0.53 points to end at 30.17 and Banco Bpm SpA (MI: BAMI ) shed 1.69% or 0.031 points to 1.781.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 212 to 150 and 32 ended unchanged on the Milan Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.12% or 0.59 to $53.21 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.15% or 0.09 to hit $61.23 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.34% or 4.35 to trade at $1279.65 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.65% to 1.1305, while EUR/GBP fell 0.32% to 0.8678.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.53% at 96.278.

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