Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.20%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.20%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 0.20% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Gemalto (AS: GTO ), which rose 4.13% or 1.41 points to trade at 35.38 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 4.02% or 3.350 points to end at 86.640 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) was up 2.82% or 0.695 points to 25.310 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS: VOPA ), which lost 1.59% or 0.59 points to trade at 36.58 in late trade. Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ) declined 1.40% or 3.00 points to end at 211.85 and Relx NV (AS: RELN ) shed 1.16% or 0.225 points to 19.165.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 69 to 57 and 12 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 3.13% to 10.88.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 0.13% or 0.07 to $54.31 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 0.53% or 0.32 to hit $60.62 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.25 to trade at $1276.75 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.16% to 1.1627, while EUR/GBP fell 0.07% to 0.8762.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 94.60.

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