Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.47%

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Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.47%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Resources , Retail and Financial Services sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Food & Beverages , Utilities and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX lost 0.47%, while the MDAX index added 0.12%, and the TecDAX index declined 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Vonovia SE (DE: VNAn ), which rose 1.18% or 0.48 points to trade at 41.32 at the close. Continental AG O.N. (DE: CONG ) added 0.62% or 1.50 points to end at 245.30 and Beiersdorf AG O.N. (DE: BEIG ) was up 0.50% or 0.480 points to 97.160 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ), which lost 1.79% or 3.30 points to trade at 180.70 in late trade. Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE: PSMGn ) declined 1.59% or 0.480 points to end at 29.640 and Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) shed 1.53% or 1.42 points to 91.42.

The top performers on the MDAX were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE: SNHG ) which rose 16.13% to 0.46, Zalando SE (DE: ZALG ) which was up 4.71% to settle at 46.69 and Aurubis AG (DE: NAFG ) which gained 1.58% to close at 83.420.

The worst performers were Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE: WCHG ) which was down 2.69% to 168.40 in late trade, GEA Group AG (DE: G1AG ) which lost 1.32% to settle at 39.670 and Lanxess AG (DE: LXSG ) which was down 1.16% to 71.380 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Medigene NA O.N. (DE: MDG1k ) which rose 3.11% to 13.600, Jenoptik AG (DE: JENG ) which was up 2.19% to settle at 28.980 and Aixtron SE (DE: AIXGn ) which gained 1.44% to close at 12.650.

The worst performers were Nordex SE O.N. (DE: NDXG ) which was down 4.46% to 10.610 in late trade, Adva Optical Networking SE (DE: ADAG ) which lost 2.36% to settle at 6.625 and GFT Technologies AG (DE: GFTG ) which was down 2.28% to 13.300 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 434 to 278 and 99 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 4.81% to 12.92.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.16% or 2.10 to $1335.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.28% or 0.18 to hit $63.91 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.22% or 0.15 to trade at $69.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.23% to 1.2233, while EUR/GBP fell 0.48% to 0.8845.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 90.35.

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