Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.25%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.25%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Financials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ), which rose 2.78% or 1.28 points to trade at 47.33 at the close. Wolters Kluwer (AS: WLSNc ) added 2.58% or 1.32 points to end at 52.40 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) was up 2.27% or 2.080 points to 93.680 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 3.94% or 0.975 points to trade at 23.755 in late trade. Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) declined 3.78% or 0.82 points to end at 20.89 and Randstad NV (AS: RAND ) shed 3.51% or 1.56 points to 42.84.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 89 to 41 and 8 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was unchanged 0.00% to 14.75.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for November delivery was up 0.79% or 0.54 to $69.19 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December rose 0.93% or 0.74 to hit $80.03 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 0.03% or 0.40 to trade at $1230.50 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.52% to 1.1513, while EUR/GBP rose 0.34% to 0.8828.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 95.44.

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