Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.62%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.62%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Chemicals and Media sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.62% to hit a new 3-month high, while the MDAX index climbed 0.23%, and the TecDAX index climbed 0.50%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ), which rose 2.69% or 0.248 points to trade at 9.476 at the close. Linde AG 1 (DE: LIN1 ) added 2.06% or 3.9000 points to end at 193.6000 and Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) was up 1.56% or 1.28 points to 83.36 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Heidelbergcement AG O.N. (DE: HEIG ), which lost 1.19% or 0.980 points to trade at 81.080 in late trade. Continental AG O.N. (DE: CONG ) declined 0.88% or 2.00 points to end at 224.40 and Muench. Rueckvers. VNA O.N. (DE: MUVGn ) shed 0.73% or 1.40 points to 191.10.

The top performers on the MDAX were Norma Group AG NA O.N. (DE: NOEJ ) which rose 2.25% to 68.100, Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE: WCHG ) which was up 2.10% to settle at 152.90 and Uniper SE (DE: UN01 ) which gained 1.78% to close at 27.380.

The worst performers were Metro Wholesale & Food Specialist AG (DE: B4B ) which was down 1.31% to 11.6500 in late trade, Hochtief AG (DE: HOTG ) which lost 1.25% to settle at 149.50 and Rheinmetall AG (DE: RHMG ) which was down 0.96% to 113.150 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were SLM Solutions Group AG (DE: AM3D ) which rose 7.83% to 33.05, Xing AG (DE: OBCGn ) which was up 3.47% to settle at 268.50 and Morphosys AG O.N. (DE: MORG ) which gained 3.21% to close at 91.750.

The worst performers were S&T AG (F: SANT1 ) which was down 7.11% to 20.900 in late trade, Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which lost 6.96% to settle at 19.762 and Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which was down 2.64% to 12.365 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 412 to 258 and 95 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.47% to 14.47 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.48% or 6.30 to $1319.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.15% or 0.11 to hit $71.03 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.09 to trade at $77.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.46% to 1.1904, while EUR/GBP rose 0.82% to 0.8820.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 92.68.

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