Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.14%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.14%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Services and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.14%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS: AD ), which rose 3.21% or 0.720 points to trade at 23.175 at the close. Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ) added 1.03% or 0.48 points to end at 47.17 and Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) was up 0.96% or 0.02 points to 1.73 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which lost 2.32% or 0.50 points to trade at 21.05 in late trade. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) declined 1.65% or 0.435 points to end at 25.925 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) shed 1.45% or 0.274 points to 18.670.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 64 to 64 and 7 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 2.53% to 16.09.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.55% or 0.82 to $52.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.45% or 0.89 to hit $60.61 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.08% or 1.05 to trade at $1284.45 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.31% to 1.1394, while EUR/GBP fell 0.55% to 0.8717.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 95.713.

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