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 Thursday, as losses in the Retail , Media and Financial Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX fell 0.52%, while the MDAX index lost 1.15%, and the TecDAX index fell 0.77%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Siemens AG Class N (DE: SIEGn ), which rose 0.82% or 0.82 points to trade at 101.36 at the close. BASF SE NA O.N. (DE: BASFN ) added 0.69% or 0.480 points to end at 69.650 and Henkel & Co KGaA AG Pref (DE: HNKG_p ) was up 0.35% or 0.34 points to 97.96 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ), which lost 2.55% or 2.50 points to trade at 95.50 in late trade. Continental AG O.N. (DE: CONG ) declined 2.37% or 3.30 points to end at 135.95 and Covestro AG (DE: 1COV ) shed 2.37% or 1.380 points to 56.960.

The top performers on the MDAX were Evotec AG O.N. (DE: EVTG ) which rose 4.36% to 19.500, Uniper SE (DE: UN01 ) which was up 2.01% to settle at 25.840 and Talanx AG NA O.N. (DE: TLXGn ) which gained 0.93% to close at 32.600.

The worst performers were Bechtle AG (DE: BC8G ) which was down 6.91% to 70.050 in late trade, Metro AG (DE: MEOG ) which lost 6.78% to settle at 4.072 and Aareal Bank AG (DE: ARLG ) which was down 4.28% to 29.980 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Sixt AG ST O.N. (DE: SIXG ) which rose 4.43% to 93.050, Shop Apotheke Europe NV (DE: SAEG ) which was up 3.45% to settle at 42.000 and WashTec AG O.N. (DE: WSUG ) which gained 3.03% to close at 71.500.

The worst performers were SLM Solutions Group AG (DE: AM3D ) which was down 14.21% to 9.78 in late trade, Cancom SE O.N. (DE: COKG ) which lost 9.64% to settle at 34.320 and HelloFresh SE (DE: HFGG ) which was down 8.45% to 9.15 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 491 to 210 and 78 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 31.26% to 21.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.25% or 15.00 to $1214.20 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 1.00% or 0.56 to hit $56.81 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.24% or 0.82 to trade at $66.94 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1315, while EUR/GBP rose 1.99% to 0.8877.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 97.03.

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