Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.68%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.68%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.68% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which rose 2.82% or 0.05 points to trade at 1.84 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) added 1.58% or 0.316 points to end at 20.290 and Akzo Nobel NV (AS: AKZO ) was up 1.52% or 1.14 points to 76.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which lost 2.67% or 2.420 points to trade at 88.220 in late trade. Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) declined 0.46% or 0.10 points to end at 21.72 and Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS: AD ) shed 0.32% or 0.075 points to 23.325.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 93 to 35 and 11 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 2.26% to 15.07.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 2.72% or 1.45 to $54.76 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 1.75% or 1.07 to hit $62.27 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.09% or 1.15 to trade at $1310.05 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.1419, while EUR/GBP fell 0.04% to 0.8741.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 95.597.

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