Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.28%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.28%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare , Utilities and Consumer & Cyclical sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.28%, while the MDAX index climbed 0.34%, and the TecDAX index added 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Merck KGAA O.N. (DE: MRCG ), which rose 3.44% or 2.510 points to trade at 75.550 at the close. RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) added 3.09% or 0.350 points to end at 11.695 and Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) was up 2.88% or 1.810 points to 64.680 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Continental AG O.N. (DE: CONG ), which lost 1.28% or 2.500 points to trade at 192.250 in late trade. Lufthansa AG VNA O.N. (DE: LHAG ) declined 1.00% or 0.140 points to end at 13.910 and Deutsche Telekom AG Na (DE: DTEGn ) shed 0.91% or 0.140 points to 15.305.

The top performers on the MDAX were STADA Arzneimittel VNA O.N. (DE: STAGn ) which rose 2.90% to 35.800, Metro AG ST O.N. (DE: MEOG ) which was up 1.84% to settle at 27.160 and Brenntag AG (DE: BNRGn ) which gained 1.80% to close at 50.900.

The worst performers were Aurubis AG (DE: NAFG ) which was down 4.10% to 43.405 in late trade, Tui AG NA (DE: TUIGn ) which lost 2.91% to settle at 13.170 and Elringklinger AG NA O.N. (DE: ZILGn ) which was down 2.24% to 23.365 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were BB Biotech AG (DE: BIONn ) which rose 3.18% to 44.225, Qiagen NV (DE: QGEN ) which was up 2.23% to settle at 20.440 and Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE: SATG_p ) which gained 2.22% to close at 227.800.

The worst performers were SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was down 4.16% to 43.225 in late trade, Wirecard AG (DE: WDIG ) which lost 2.26% to settle at 33.930 and Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology O.N. (DE: PV ) which was down 2.08% to 97.010 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 465 to 406 and 15 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 2.40% to 21.55.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 0.25% or 3.00 to $1220.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 0.54% or 0.20 to hit $36.59 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.88% or 0.34 to trade at $38.33 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1393, while EUR/GBP fell 0.41% to 0.7975.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.08% at 94.50.

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