Spain shares higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.38%

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Spain shares higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.38% – Spain equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financial Services & Real Estate , Building & Construction and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 gained 0.38% to hit a new 3-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the IBEX 35 were ArcelorMittal SA (MC: MTS ), which rose 5.62% or 1.065 points to trade at 20.025 at the close. B. Sabadell (MC: SABE ) added 4.40% or 0.045 points to end at 1.080 and Tecnicas Reunidas (MC: TRE ) was up 3.11% or 0.690 points to 22.860 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Grifols SA (MC: GRLS ), which lost 2.14% or 0.520 points to trade at 23.790 in late trade. Merlin Properties SA (MC: MRL ) declined 1.65% or 0.20 points to end at 11.61 and Naturgy Energy Group SA (MC: NTGY ) shed 1.43% or 0.340 points to 23.510.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 99 to 82 and 10 ended unchanged on the Madrid Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 1.32% or 16.95 to $1296.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.00% or 0.53 to hit $53.66 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.44 to trade at $61.53 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.87% to 1.1403, while EUR/GBP rose 0.18% to 0.8667.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.73% at 95.597.

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