Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.97%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.97%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Consumer Goods and Telecoms sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX added 1.97% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ), which rose 3.91% or 5.38 points to trade at 142.88 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) added 3.46% or 0.670 points to end at 20.010 and ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) was up 3.38% or 0.342 points to 10.454 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which lost 0.86% or 0.800 points to trade at 92.180 in late trade. Gemalto (AS: GTO ) added 0.04% or 0.02 points to end at 50.70 and Wolters Kluwer (AS: WLSNc ) gained 0.26% or 0.14 points to 53.36.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 108 to 26 and 7 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 5.83% to 14.20 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 2.92% or 1.52 to $53.59 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 2.19% or 1.34 to hit $62.52 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.77% or 9.95 to trade at $1282.35 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.30% to 1.1361, while EUR/GBP rose 0.44% to 0.8810.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.32% at 96.023.

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