Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.40%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.40% – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Technology , Industrials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Randstad NV (AS: RAND ), which rose 3.33% or 1.30 points to trade at 40.31 at the close. WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) added 3.16% or 4.34 points to end at 141.66 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) was up 3.01% or 2.640 points to 90.400 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which lost 4.28% or 0.88 points to trade at 19.67 in late trade. Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ) declined 1.92% or 0.049 points to end at 2.503 and ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) shed 0.67% or 0.92 points to 136.12.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 83 to 52 and 7 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 3.39% to 18.15.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 2.49% or 1.21 to $49.73 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 2.23% or 1.28 to hit $58.61 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.22% or 2.90 to trade at $1287.00 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.19% to 1.1452, while EUR/GBP rose 0.31% to 0.9004.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.22% at 95.438.

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