Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.27%

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Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.27% – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX declined 1.27%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Koninklijke KPN NV (AS: KPN ), which rose 0.94% or 0.024 points to trade at 2.569 at the close. ABN AMRO Group NV (AS: ABNd ) added 0.83% or 0.17 points to end at 20.70 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) was up 0.51% or 0.68 points to 133.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Randstad NV (AS: RAND ), which lost 6.78% or 2.65 points to trade at 36.41 in late trade. Koninklijke Philips NV (AS: PHG ) declined 4.82% or 1.48 points to end at 29.10 and ASML Holding NV (AS: ASML ) shed 4.16% or 5.72 points to 131.74.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 78 to 47 and 11 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 1.14% to 21.43.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was up 0.60% or 0.28 to $46.82 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in March rose 0.97% or 0.53 to hit $55.44 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.65% or 8.30 to trade at $1292.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.55% to 1.1404, while EUR/GBP rose 0.31% to 0.9021.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.61% at 95.830.

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