Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.74%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.74%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Industrials , Technology and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 1.74%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which rose 4.13% or 0.08 points to trade at 2.07 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 3.46% or 3.140 points to end at 94.020 and Koninklijke Philips NV (AS: PHG ) was up 3.23% or 1.03 points to 33.03 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Gemalto (AS: GTO ), which added 0.04% or 0.02 points to trade at 50.78 in late trade. Akzo Nobel NV (AS: AKZO ) added 1.02% or 0.72 points to end at 71.38 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) gained 1.04% or 0.270 points to 26.140.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 108 to 22 and 9 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 6.30% to 18.37.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 0.93% or 0.48 to $52.13 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 1.08% or 0.65 to hit $60.85 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.35 to trade at $1249.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.41% to 1.1363, while EUR/GBP fell 0.82% to 0.8989.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.33% at 97.037.

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