Germany shares lower at close of trade; DAX down 0.04%

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Germany shares lower at close of trade; DAX down 0.04% – Germany equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Food & Beverages , Construction and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX lost 0.04%, while the MDAX index fell 0.62%, and the TecDAX index declined 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (DE: BMWG ), which rose 1.94% or 1.410 points to trade at 74.180 at the close. RWE AG ST O.N. (DE: RWEG ) added 1.90% or 0.365 points to end at 19.590 and E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ) was up 1.41% or 0.128 points to 9.220 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Covestro AG (DE: 1COV ), which lost 2.63% or 1.180 points to trade at 43.660 in late trade. Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) declined 2.38% or 1.010 points to end at 41.370 and Heidelbergcement AG O.N. (DE: HEIG ) shed 1.56% or 0.860 points to 54.180.

The top performers on the MDAX were Norma Group AG NA O.N. (DE: NOEJ ) which rose 3.65% to 48.260, Puma SE (DE: PUMG ) which was up 2.84% to settle at 470.00 and Stroeer SE (DE: SAXG ) which gained 2.47% to close at 44.040.

The worst performers were Freenet AG NA (DE: FNTGn ) which was down 4.86% to 16.8350 in late trade, Kion Group AG (DE: KGX ) which lost 4.27% to settle at 45.77 and Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which was down 3.54% to 74.760 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Leoni AG (DE: LEOGn ) which rose 18.09% to 31.660, Rational AG (DE: RAAG ) which was up 6.55% to settle at 517.00 and SLM Solutions Group AG (DE: AM3D ) which gained 4.49% to close at 11.64.

The worst performers were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which was down 6.09% to 0.11 in late trade, Tele Columbus AG (DE: TC1n ) which lost 5.78% to settle at 3.18 and SGL Carbon SE (DE: SGCG ) which was down 4.79% to 6.260 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 394 to 308 and 74 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.09% to 20.09.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.17% or 2.15 to $1247.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 2.19% or 1.12 to hit $52.27 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.56% or 0.94 to trade at $61.09 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.06% to 1.1361, while EUR/GBP fell 0.12% to 0.8992.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 97.093.

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