Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.69%

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Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.69%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX lost 0.69%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Akzo Nobel (AS: AKZO ), which rose 0.74% or 0.56 points to trade at 75.98 at the close. Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ) added 0.73% or 0.34 points to end at 46.99 and SBM Offshore NV (AS: SBMO ) was up 0.57% or 0.09 points to 15.11 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Relx NV (AS: RELN ), which lost 3.77% or 0.675 points to trade at 17.240 in late trade. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) declined 2.23% or 0.630 points to end at 27.605 and Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ) shed 1.89% or 3.90 points to 202.70.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 60 to 52 and 18 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 6.26% to 13.60 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for March delivery was up 1.14% or 0.74 to $65.47 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in April rose 0.75% or 0.52 to hit $69.41 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.60 to trade at $1345.70 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.58% to 1.2485, while EUR/GBP rose 0.17% to 0.8762.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 88.62.

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