Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.77%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.77%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Healthcare and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which rose 3.50% or 0.12 points to trade at 3.49 at the close. Aalberts Industries NV (AS: AALB ) added 2.35% or 0.94 points to end at 41.02 and ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) was up 2.35% or 3.90 points to 169.70 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which lost 4.38% or 3.620 points to trade at 78.940 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 0.67% or 0.170 points to end at 25.110 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) shed 0.58% or 0.175 points to 29.770.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 100 to 31 and 9 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 10.65% to 14.24.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.97% or 0.71 to $74.16 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 1.95% or 1.51 to hit $79.12 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.27% or 3.40 to trade at $1254.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.94% to 1.1677, while EUR/GBP rose 0.05% to 0.8850.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.75% at 94.29.

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