Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.54%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 0.54% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ), which rose 3.48% or 1.015 points to trade at 30.160 at the close. ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) added 1.72% or 2.80 points to end at 165.60 and Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ) was up 1.10% or 0.52 points to 47.48 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which lost 3.14% or 0.24 points to trade at 7.41 in late trade. ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) declined 2.81% or 0.390 points to end at 13.506 and ASR Nederland NV (AS: ASRNL ) shed 1.77% or 0.70 points to 38.78.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 71 to 52 and 6 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 5.78% to 11.10 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for June delivery was up 3.13% or 2.16 to $71.22 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 3.09% or 2.31 to hit $77.16 a barrel, while the June Gold Futures contract fell 0.11% or 1.40 to trade at $1312.30 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.13% to 1.1850, while EUR/GBP fell 0.23% to 0.8741.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 92.92.

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