Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.64%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.64%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Technology and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which rose 2.41% or 0.60 points to trade at 25.49 at the close. ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) added 1.87% or 3.40 points to end at 185.60 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) was up 1.69% or 1.460 points to 88.080 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Relx NV (AS: RELN ), which lost 2.17% or 0.405 points to trade at 18.265 in late trade. Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ) declined 1.69% or 0.80 points to end at 46.66 and ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) shed 0.61% or 0.078 points to 12.722.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 73 to 47 and 19 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 8.57% to 10.52 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for July delivery was down 0.03% or 0.02 to $66.62 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in August fell 0.89% or 0.68 to hit $76.06 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.45% or 5.80 to trade at $1307.10 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 1.43% to 1.1622, while EUR/GBP fell 0.79% to 0.8746.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 1.08% at 94.57.

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