Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.45%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.45%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Telecoms , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.45% to hit a new 5-year high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which rose 2.92% or 0.66 points to trade at 23.23 at the close. Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) added 2.86% or 0.08 points to end at 2.88 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) was up 1.85% or 0.490 points to 26.985 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Relx NV (AS: RELN ), which lost 1.71% or 0.330 points to trade at 18.985 in late trade. Aalberts Industries NV (AS: AALB ) declined 1.46% or 0.58 points to end at 39.28 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) shed 0.86% or 0.820 points to 94.900.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 85 to 43 and 12 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 3.82% to 10.74 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was down 0.56% or 0.39 to $69.22 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $74.56 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.02% or 0.20 to trade at $1225.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.09% to 1.1654, while EUR/GBP rose 0.09% to 0.8891.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 94.47.

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