Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.65%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.65%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financial Services , Software and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX gained 0.65%, while the MDAX index climbed 0.62%, and the TecDAX index gained 0.84%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Vonovia SE (DE: VNAn ), which rose 2.21% or 0.85 points to trade at 39.35 at the close. Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) added 1.98% or 1.66 points to end at 85.36 and Covestro AG (DE: 1COV ) was up 1.79% or 1.380 points to 78.580 in late trade.

Biggest losers included E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ), which lost 0.26% or 0.024 points to trade at 9.166 in late trade. Daimler AG NA O.N. (DE: DAIGn ) declined 0.23% or 0.150 points to end at 65.070 and Heidelbergcement AG O.N. (DE: HEIG ) shed 0.18% or 0.140 points to 78.860.

The top performers on the MDAX were CTS Eventim AG (DE: EVDG ) which rose 3.41% to 41.800, Fuchs Petrolub AG VZO Pref (DE: FPEG_p ) which was up 2.57% to settle at 46.380 and Osram Licht AG (DE: OSRn ) which gained 2.45% to close at 52.76.

The worst performers were Rocket Internet (DE: RKET ) which was down 3.84% to 23.56 in late trade, Metro AG (DE: MEOG ) which lost 0.98% to settle at 8.514 and Stroeer SE (DE: SAXG ) which was down 0.95% to 57.600 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which rose 3.81% to 15.140, Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which was up 3.20% to settle at 19.530 and Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE: AFXG ) which gained 2.99% to close at 60.250.

The worst performers were SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was down 5.81% to 52.700 in late trade, Medigene NA O.N. (DE: MDG1k ) which lost 3.71% to settle at 14.290 and Jenoptik AG (DE: JENG ) which was down 0.77% to 36.200 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 439 to 264 and 85 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.71% to 16.56.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.06% or 0.80 to $1303.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 4.19% or 2.96 to hit $67.75 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 3.38% or 2.66 to trade at $76.13 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.44% to 1.1667, while EUR/GBP unchanged 0.00% to 0.8759.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 94.08.

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