Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.50%

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Belgium shares higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 1.50%
Credit: © Reuters. – Belgium equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology , Healthcare and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 1.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the BEL 20 were Argen-X (BR: ARGX ), which rose 13.55% or 9.50 points to trade at 79.60 at the close. ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ) added 5.94% or 0.622 points to end at 11.102 and Telenet Group Holding NV (BR: TNET ) was up 4.20% or 1.80 points to 44.68 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA (BR: GBLB ), which lost 2.87% or 2.36 points to trade at 79.82 in late trade. bpost NV (BR: BPOST ) declined 0.45% or 0.06 points to end at 13.35 and UCB (BR: UCB ) shed 0.24% or 0.18 points to 74.00.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 68 to 37 and 15 ended unchanged on the Brussels Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.77% or 21.40 to $1233.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December fell 2.53% or 1.65 to hit $63.66 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract fell 3.02% or 2.28 to trade at $73.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.73% to 1.1395, while EUR/GBP fell 1.04% to 0.8786.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.71% at 96.21.

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