Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.72%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.72%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Utilities and Technology Hardware & Equipment sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 gained 0.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Argen-X (BR: ARGX ), which rose 5.72% or 5.30 points to trade at 98.00 at the close. Ontex Group (BR: ONTEX ) added 4.26% or 0.74 points to end at 18.10 and Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) was up 3.86% or 3.260 points to 87.760 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Ageas (BR: AGES ), which lost 1.94% or 0.760 points to trade at 38.390 in late trade. bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) declined 0.95% or 0.07 points to end at 7.86 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR: ABI ) shed 0.43% or 0.26 points to 60.28.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 74 to 39 and 16 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.27% or 3.50 to $1289.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 2.50% or 1.20 to hit $49.16 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.86% or 1.06 to trade at $58.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.65% to 1.1467, while EUR/GBP rose 0.35% to 0.8979.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.48% at 95.287.

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