Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 2.02%

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Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 2.02%
Credit: © Reuters. – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Technology , Software & Computer Services and Construction & Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX fell 2.02% to hit a new 52-week low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS: AD ), which fell 0.09% or 0.020 points to trade at 22.385 at the close. Gemalto (AS: GTO ) fell 0.16% or 0.08 points to end at 50.62 and Unilever NV DRC (AS: UNc ) was down 0.23% or 0.11 points to 47.79 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ), which lost 5.12% or 0.505 points to trade at 9.357 in late trade. Altice NV (AS: ATCA ) declined 5.08% or 0.10 points to end at 1.90 and ABN AMRO Group NV (AS: ABNd ) shed 4.79% or 1.03 points to 20.46.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 119 to 11 and 9 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 5.61% to 19.25.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for February delivery was down 3.80% or 1.83 to $46.34 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February fell 3.65% or 2.09 to hit $55.15 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.73% or 9.20 to trade at $1265.60 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.74% to 1.1460, while EUR/GBP rose 0.27% to 0.9045.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.69% at 95.822.

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