Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.42%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.42%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Telecoms and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.42% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ), which rose 6.25% or 0.158 points to trade at 2.687 at the close. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) added 3.77% or 0.981 points to end at 27.031 and Koninklijke Philips NV (AS: PHG ) was up 3.45% or 1.15 points to 34.36 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Randstad NV (AS: RAND ), which lost 3.44% or 1.50 points to trade at 42.11 in late trade. Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) declined 3.28% or 0.06 points to end at 1.78 and ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) shed 2.26% or 0.238 points to 10.312.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 67 to 64 and 9 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 4.89% to 14.33.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.05% or 0.57 to $54.80 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.37% or 0.23 to hit $61.77 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.76% or 9.95 to trade at $1325.45 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.1442, while EUR/GBP fell 0.41% to 0.8714.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.27% at 95.292.

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