Norway shares higher at close of trade; Oslo OBX up 2.28%

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Norway shares higher at close of trade; Oslo OBX up 2.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Norway equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology Hardware & Equipment , Diversified Financials and Energy sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Oslo, the Oslo OBX gained 2.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Oslo OBX were Petroleum Geo - Services ASA (OL: PGS ), which rose 8.71% or 1.41 points to trade at 17.54 at the close. Norwegian Finans Holding ASA (OL: NOFI ) added 8.05% or 5.35 points to end at 71.80 and Aker BP ASA (OL: AKERBP ) was up 6.49% or 15.40 points to 252.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included P/f Bakkafrost (OL: BAKKA ), which lost 0.36% or 1.60 points to trade at 440.20 in late trade. Grieg Seafood (OL: GSFO ) added 0.36% or 0.40 points to end at 110.40 and Storebrand ASA (OL: STB ) gained 0.38% or 0.24 points to 62.62.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 147 to 43 and 16 ended unchanged on the Oslo Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for January delivery was up 4.29% or 2.21 to $53.70 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in February rose 4.53% or 2.72 to hit $62.78 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.58% or 7.20 to trade at $1250.80 a troy ounce.

EUR/NOK was down 0.28% to 9.6647, while USD/NOK fell 0.38% to 8.4849.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.11% at 96.662.

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