Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.44%

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Germany shares higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Food & Beverages , Construction and Financial Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.44% to hit a new 52-week high, while the MDAX index climbed 0.32%, and the TecDAX index added 0.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Deutsche Boerse AG Z.UMT. (DE: DB11 ), which rose 1.70% or 1.40 points to trade at 83.86 at the close. RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) added 1.56% or 0.230 points to end at 14.930 and Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ) was up 1.32% or 0.210 points to 16.165 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Commerzbank AG O.N. (DE: CBKG ), which lost 1.73% or 0.152 points to trade at 8.651 in late trade. Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ) declined 0.63% or 0.120 points to end at 19.030 and Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE: PSMGn ) shed 0.47% or 0.190 points to 40.400.

The top performers on the MDAX were Talanx AG NA O.N. (DE: TLXGn ) which rose 2.10% to 32.375, Stroeer SE (DE: SAXG ) which was up 2.02% to settle at 50.190 and Duerr AG (DE: DUEG ) which gained 1.81% to close at 81.110.

The worst performers were CTS Eventim AG (DE: EVDG ) which was down 2.34% to 35.870 in late trade, Innogy SE (DE: IGY ) which lost 1.53% to settle at 34.805 and Uniper SE (DE: UN01 ) which was down 1.49% to 15.220 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were STRATEC Biomedical AG (DE: SBSG ) which rose 2.13% to 57.090, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE: AFXG ) which was up 2.03% to settle at 40.010 and Cancom SE O.N. (DE: COKG ) which gained 1.97% to close at 51.770.

The worst performers were Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology O.N. (DE: PV ) which was down 2.85% to 116.05 in late trade, Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which lost 1.61% to settle at 48.545 and RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which was down 1.47% to 12.415 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 501 to 246 and 24 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 0.01% to 14.78.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.31% or 3.85 to $1251.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 1.86% or 0.90 to hit $49.27 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.73% or 0.89 to trade at $52.31 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.55% to 1.0755, while EUR/GBP fell 0.15% to 0.8670.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 99.90.

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