Germany shares lower at close of trade; DAX down 0.52%

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Germany shares lower at close of trade; DAX down 0.52%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Construction , Chemicals and Insurance sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX declined 0.52%, while the MDAX index declined 0.26%, and the TecDAX index fell 0.62%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ), which rose 4.81% or 4.50 points to trade at 98.00 at the close. E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ) added 3.39% or 0.294 points to end at 8.969 and Fresenius SE & Co KGAA O.N. (DE: FREG ) was up 2.57% or 1.340 points to 53.380 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Wirecard AG (DE: WDIG ), which lost 4.86% or 7.625 points to trade at 149.375 in late trade. Linde PLC (DE: LINI ) declined 3.37% or 4.750 points to end at 136.050 and Bayer AG NA (DE: BAYGN ) shed 3.21% or 2.14 points to 64.50.

The top performers on the MDAX were Drillisch AG (DE: DRIG ) which rose 6.67% to 41.280, Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which was up 5.33% to settle at 18.685 and Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE: WCHG ) which gained 2.13% to close at 86.48.

The worst performers were Siltronic AG (DE: WAFGn ) which was down 5.44% to 77.160 in late trade, Morphosys AG O.N. (DE: MORG ) which lost 4.14% to settle at 97.3000 and Duerr AG (DE: DUEG ) which was down 3.85% to 30.180 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which rose 14.33% to 0.12, Xing AG (DE: OBCGn ) which was up 3.20% to settle at 274.50 and Cancom SE O.N. (DE: COKG ) which gained 2.65% to close at 37.980.

The worst performers were Bilfinger SE O.N. (DE: GBFG ) which was down 10.44% to 33.1200 in late trade, Shop Apotheke Europe NV (DE: SAEG ) which lost 10.18% to settle at 40.600 and Borussia Dortmund GmbH & Co KGaA (DE: BVB ) which was down 5.49% to 9.390 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 458 to 239 and 80 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 5.44% to 17.90.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.41% or 4.90 to $1204.10 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 1.94% or 1.08 to hit $56.77 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.97% or 1.29 to trade at $66.76 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.24% to 1.1317, while EUR/GBP fell 0.18% to 0.8684.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 96.81.

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