Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.24%

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Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.24% – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Technology , Healthcare and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX declined 0.24% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ), which rose 2.96% or 0.58 points to trade at 20.32 at the close. ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) added 1.42% or 0.133 points to end at 9.490 and ASR Nederland NV (AS: ASRNL ) was up 0.81% or 0.28 points to 34.76 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Altice NV (AS: ATCA ), which lost 4.82% or 0.09 points to trade at 1.80 in late trade. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) declined 4.07% or 3.420 points to end at 80.660 and Heineken (AS: HEIN ) shed 2.36% or 1.88 points to 77.84.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 80 to 51 and 8 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 0.67% to 19.12.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.02% or 0.01 to $45.89 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 0.68% or 0.37 to hit $53.98 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract fell 0.58% or 7.40 to trade at $1260.50 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.48% to 1.1391, while EUR/GBP fell 0.42% to 0.9006.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.60% at 96.300.

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