Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.25%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.25%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 1.25%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which rose 4.42% or 3.920 points to trade at 92.700 at the close. ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) added 2.48% or 3.65 points to end at 150.85 and Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ) was up 2.13% or 0.054 points to 2.586 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Heineken (AS: HEIN ), which lost 2.03% or 1.70 points to trade at 82.14 in late trade. SBM Offshore NV (AS: SBMO ) declined 1.95% or 0.26 points to end at 13.35 and ABN AMRO Group NV (AS: ABNd ) shed 1.43% or 0.36 points to 24.73.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 87 to 32 and 11 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 21.61% to 24.47.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.20% or 0.71 to $59.91 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.81% or 0.51 to hit $63.30 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.85% or 11.20 to trade at $1326.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.2268, while EUR/GBP rose 0.19% to 0.8879.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 90.17.

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