Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.24%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.24%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ), which rose 4.34% or 1.88 points to trade at 45.34 at the close. Heineken (AS: HEIN ) added 2.00% or 1.70 points to end at 86.84 and Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ) was up 1.89% or 3.40 points to 183.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ), which lost 4.53% or 7.55 points to trade at 159.05 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 1.93% or 0.485 points to end at 24.680 and Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) shed 1.48% or 0.46 points to 30.52.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 68 to 47 and 13 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 3.02% to 16.97.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for May delivery was down 1.73% or 1.13 to $64.12 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in June fell 1.47% or 1.02 to hit $68.44 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract fell 1.16% or 15.60 to trade at $1326.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.46% to 1.2346, while EUR/GBP fell 0.18% to 0.8749.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.55% at 89.45.

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