Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.31%

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Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX lost 1.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Heineken (AS: HEIN ), which rose 0.68% or 0.60 points to trade at 88.34 at the close. Relx NV (AS: RELN ) added 0.48% or 0.090 points to end at 18.685 and Gemalto (AS: GTO ) was up 0.20% or 0.10 points to 50.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 3.68% or 0.945 points to trade at 24.725 in late trade. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ) declined 2.23% or 0.680 points to end at 29.800 and Aalberts Industries NV (AS: AALB ) shed 2.19% or 0.89 points to 39.68.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 82 to 44 and 11 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 11.55% to 12.89.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 2.25% or 1.67 to $72.44 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 3.20% or 2.52 to hit $76.34 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.72% or 9.00 to trade at $1246.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.1708, while EUR/GBP rose 0.06% to 0.8851.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 94.19.

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