Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.20%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.20%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Consumer & Cyclical and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.20%, while the MDAX index climbed 0.52%, and the TecDAX index climbed 0.58%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ), which rose 3.16% or 0.273 points to trade at 8.900 at the close. Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ) added 2.61% or 0.182 points to end at 7.149 and Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) was up 1.89% or 0.800 points to 43.180 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ), which lost 1.91% or 2.66 points to trade at 136.26 in late trade. Daimler AG NA O.N. (DE: DAIGn ) declined 1.44% or 0.660 points to end at 45.250 and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (DE: BMWG ) shed 1.36% or 0.960 points to 69.740.

The top performers on the MDAX were Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which rose 5.01% to 18.235, Rheinmetall AG (DE: RHMG ) which was up 3.78% to settle at 80.080 and CTS Eventim AG (DE: EVDG ) which gained 3.74% to close at 33.800.

The worst performers were Gerresheimer AG (DE: GXIG ) which was down 5.76% to 53.950 in late trade, Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE: PSMGn ) which lost 3.18% to settle at 15.0550 and Metro AG (DE: CECG ) which was down 3.12% to 3.048 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Medigene NA O.N. (DE: MDG1k ) which rose 8.13% to 7.980, Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co KGaA (DE: BVB ) which was up 6.34% to settle at 8.470 and Koenig & Bauer AG ST O.N. (DE: SKBG ) which gained 4.88% to close at 38.280.

The worst performers were Corestate Capital Holding SA (DE: CCAG ) which was down 5.61% to 28.6000 in late trade, Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which lost 4.21% to settle at 21.5900 and RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which was down 3.89% to 11.370 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 478 to 256 and 42 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 0.60% to 23.25.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.54% or 6.90 to $1288.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 4.56% or 2.07 to hit $47.48 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 4.26% or 2.29 to trade at $56.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.97% to 1.1351, while EUR/GBP rose 0.24% to 0.9010.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.68% at 96.382.

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