Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.09%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.09%
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Investing.com – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities , Financials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 added 0.09%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ), which rose 1.08% or 0.920 points to trade at 86.360 at the close. Solvay SA (BR: SOLB ) added 0.80% or 0.85 points to end at 107.20 and KBC (BR: KBC ) was up 0.55% or 0.360 points to 65.860 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Telenet Group (BR: TNET ), which lost 5.17% or 2.30 points to trade at 42.16 in late trade. Proximus NV (BR: PROX ) declined 1.84% or 0.38 points to end at 20.31 and bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) shed 0.73% or 0.09 points to 12.32.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 56 to 51 and 21 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.33% or 4.10 to $1242.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.92% or 0.65 to hit $70.98 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.26% or 0.94 to trade at $75.39 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.1669, while EUR/GBP fell 0.10% to 0.8828.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 94.58.

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