Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.56%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.56%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Industrials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.56%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Randstad Holding NV (AS: RAND ), which rose 1.78% or 0.90 points to trade at 51.44 at the close. Aegon NV (AS: AEGN ) added 1.13% or 0.058 points to end at 5.190 and Aalberts Industries NV (AS: AALB ) was up 1.13% or 0.45 points to 40.42 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which lost 1.31% or 0.04 points to trade at 3.17 in late trade. Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ) declined 0.77% or 0.019 points to end at 2.464 and Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) shed 0.36% or 0.08 points to 21.96.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 85 to 38 and 12 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 1.86% to 11.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.92% or 0.65 to $70.98 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 1.26% or 0.94 to hit $75.39 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.40 to trade at $1242.20 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.1669, while EUR/GBP fell 0.06% to 0.8832.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.59.

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