Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.50%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.50%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Telecoms , Consumer Services and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX gained 0.50% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Aalberts Industries NV (AS: AALB ), which rose 2.65% or 0.95 points to trade at 37.01 at the close. Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ) added 2.21% or 0.068 points to end at 3.140 and Relx NV (AS: RELN ) was up 1.72% or 0.305 points to 17.995 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Koninklijke DSM NV (AS: DSMN ), which lost 0.76% or 0.48 points to trade at 62.50 in late trade. Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS: VOPA ) declined 0.71% or 0.29 points to end at 40.74 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) shed 0.69% or 0.490 points to 70.110.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 82 to 47 and 12 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 3.46% to 10.90.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for September delivery was up 0.80% or 0.39 to $49.14 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September rose 1.14% or 0.58 to hit $51.55 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.62% or 7.78 to trade at $1257.18 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.67% to 1.1656, while EUR/GBP fell 0.21% to 0.8926.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.66% at 93.91.

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