Italy shares higher at close of trade; Italy 40 up 0.84%

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Italy shares higher at close of trade; Italy 40 up 0.84% – Italy equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Chemicals , Oil & Gas and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Milan, the Italy 40 rose 0.84%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Italy 40 were Banca Pop Emilia Romagna (MI: EMII ), which rose 4.52% or 0.218 points to trade at 5.040 at the close. Banco Popolare (MI: BAPO ) added 3.92% or 0.2250 points to end at 5.9650 and Tod'S (MI: TOD ) was up 3.20% or 1.95 points to 62.95 in late trade.

Biggest losers included STMicroelectronics (MI: STM ), which lost 2.20% or 0.110 points to trade at 4.900 in late trade. Salvatore Ferragamo (MI: SFER ) declined 1.88% or 0.41 points to end at 21.42 and Poste Italiane SpA (MI: PST ) shed 1.82% or 0.1200 points to 6.4800.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 262 to 142 and 19 ended unchanged on the Milan Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was up 0.12% or 0.05 to $41.81 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June rose 0.27% or 0.12 to hit $44.30 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 1.70% or 21.20 to trade at $1227.10 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.07% to 1.1267, while EUR/GBP rose 0.25% to 0.7957.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.05% at 94.86.

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