Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.18%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.18%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 1.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Relx NV (AS: RELN ), which rose 3.70% or 0.685 points to trade at 19.190 at the close. Unilever NV (AS: UNc ) added 3.43% or 1.62 points to end at 48.85 and Koninklijke Philips NV (AS: PHG ) was up 2.85% or 0.97 points to 35.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which lost 4.38% or 0.76 points to trade at 16.48 in late trade. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) declined 0.60% or 0.500 points to end at 82.750 and Akzo Nobel (AS: AKZO ) shed 0.14% or 0.11 points to 77.77.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 87 to 39 and 8 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 10.40% to 11.35.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was up 0.31% or 0.16 to $52.34 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in December rose 0.21% or 0.12 to hit $58.56 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.56% or 7.14 to trade at $1271.86 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 1.07% to 1.1686, while EUR/GBP fell 0.42% to 0.8871.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.84% at 94.32.

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