Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.21%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.21%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which rose 3.08% or 0.74 points to trade at 24.76 at the close. Heineken (AS: HEIN ) added 1.39% or 1.20 points to end at 87.64 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) was up 1.29% or 1.100 points to 86.420 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ), which lost 1.50% or 0.445 points to trade at 29.195 in late trade. Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) declined 1.38% or 0.04 points to end at 3.06 and ABN AMRO Group NV (AS: ABNd ) shed 1.29% or 0.31 points to 23.80.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 69 to 59 and 13 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 0.58% to 13.42.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 4.31% or 3.05 to $67.66 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 3.41% or 2.69 to hit $76.10 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.08% or 1.10 to trade at $1303.30 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.50% to 1.1660, while EUR/GBP fell 0.02% to 0.8757.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.43% at 94.12.

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