Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.05%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.05%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Healthcare and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 0.05%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which rose 4.72% or 4.240 points to trade at 94.140 at the close. Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS: VOPA ) added 1.04% or 0.43 points to end at 41.70 and Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) was up 0.97% or 0.02 points to 2.39 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 1.84% or 0.510 points to trade at 27.230 in late trade. ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) declined 1.46% or 0.188 points to end at 12.672 and Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) shed 0.58% or 0.14 points to 23.99.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 71 to 59 and 10 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 0.51% to 11.74.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 1.56% or 1.07 to $69.56 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in October rose 1.16% or 0.85 to hit $74.06 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.47% or 5.70 to trade at $1217.50 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.09% to 1.1558, while EUR/GBP rose 0.40% to 0.8933.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 95.18.

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