Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.18%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.18%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 gained 0.18%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ), which rose 3.11% or 0.43 points to trade at 14.41 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 1.22% or 0.970 points to end at 80.770 and Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ) was up 0.92% or 0.27 points to 29.11 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Telenet Group (BR: TNET ), which lost 1.80% or 1.01 points to trade at 54.99 in late trade. Sofina (BR: SOF ) declined 0.88% or 1.10 points to end at 124.20 and Ackermans V.Haaren (BR: ACKB ) shed 0.78% or 1.10 points to 140.80.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 65 to 47 and 6 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.05% or 0.65 to $1343.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October rose 1.19% or 0.58 to hit $49.24 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 1.31% or 0.70 to trade at $54.08 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.23% to 1.1940, while EUR/GBP rose 0.01% to 0.9142.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 92.02.

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