Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.10%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.10%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Basic Materials and Industrial Engineering sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 gained 0.10%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ), which rose 1.28% or 0.23 points to trade at 18.22 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 1.17% or 1.060 points to end at 91.380 and Ageas (BR: AGES ) was up 1.07% or 0.470 points to 44.250 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Aperam SA (AS: APAM ), which lost 1.65% or 0.43 points to trade at 25.70 in late trade. Solvay SA (BR: SOLB ) declined 0.96% or 1.00 points to end at 102.80 and Telenet Group Holding NV (BR: TNET ) shed 0.88% or 0.38 points to 42.56.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 63 to 50 and 13 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.90% or 22.80 to $1222.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.48% or 0.27 to hit $56.73 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.53% or 0.35 to trade at $66.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.71% to 1.1408, while EUR/GBP rose 0.11% to 0.8880.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.47% at 96.34.

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