Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.36%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.36%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.36% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ), which rose 2.43% or 1.16 points to trade at 48.87 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 2.07% or 1.820 points to end at 89.740 and ABN AMRO Group NV (AS: ABNd ) was up 1.60% or 0.35 points to 22.28 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which lost 3.44% or 0.11 points to trade at 2.97 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 3.00% or 0.795 points to end at 25.690 and Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) shed 2.61% or 0.60 points to 22.40.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 61 to 59 and 18 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 5.75% to 11.66.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.12% or 0.08 to $67.83 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 0.67% or 0.49 to hit $72.41 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.92% or 11.30 to trade at $1216.60 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.1607, while EUR/GBP rose 0.34% to 0.8936.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 95.23.

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