Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.44%

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Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.44%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Software , Transportation & Logistics and Technology sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Utilities , Food & Beverages and Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX lost 0.44%, while the MDAX index declined 0.22%, and the TecDAX index gained 0.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Deutsche Lufthansa AG (DE: LHAG ), which rose 1.43% or 0.390 points to trade at 27.620 at the close. SAP SE (DE: SAPG ) added 0.88% or 0.750 points to end at 86.200 and Deutsche Post AG NA O.N. (DE: DPWGn ) was up 0.80% or 0.300 points to 37.640 in late trade.

Biggest losers included E.ON SE NA (DE: EONGn ), which lost 2.36% or 0.202 points to trade at 8.360 in late trade. Bayer AG NA (DE: BAYGN ) declined 1.91% or 1.87 points to end at 96.23 and Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE: DBKGn ) shed 1.89% or 0.254 points to 13.200.

The top performers on the MDAX were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which rose 2.90% to 0.40, Aareal Bank AG (DE: ARLG ) which was up 1.88% to settle at 40.020 and Norma Group AG NA O.N. (DE: NOEJ ) which gained 1.85% to close at 60.550.

The worst performers were Duerr AG (DE: DUEG ) which was down 3.99% to 100.950 in late trade, Kion Group AG (DE: KGX ) which lost 2.89% to settle at 70.48 and CTS Eventim AG (DE: EVDG ) which was down 2.68% to 40.020 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were RIB Software AG Na (DE: RIB ) which rose 10.56% to 30.560, Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which was up 6.57% to settle at 26.600 and Slm Solution G (DE: AM3D ) which gained 3.04% to close at 35.60.

The worst performers were Sartorius AG VZO O.N. (DE: SATG_p ) which was down 2.37% to 111.000 in late trade, Nordex SE O.N. (DE: NDXG ) which lost 2.29% to settle at 9.476 and S&T AG (F: SANT1 ) which was down 2.18% to 20.600 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 447 to 266 and 93 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 3.44% to 19.39.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.24% or 3.10 to $1321.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.02% or 0.64 to hit $62.37 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.29% or 0.86 to trade at $65.66 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.2221, while EUR/GBP rose 0.68% to 0.8855.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 90.42.

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