Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.53%

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Germany shares mixed at close of trade; DAX down 0.53%
Credit: © Reuters. – Germany equities were mixed at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare , Retail and Consumer & Cyclical sectors propelled shares higher while losses in the Technology , Utilities and Construction sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX lost 0.53%, while the MDAX index declined 0.04%, and the TecDAX index climbed 0.56%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the DAX were Fresenius Medical Care KGAA ST (DE: FMEG ), which rose 1.56% or 1.300 points to trade at 84.840 at the close. Henkel & Co KGaA AG Pref (DE: HNKG_p ) added 1.35% or 1.45 points to end at 108.70 and Merck KGaA (DE: MRCG ) was up 1.32% or 1.16 points to 89.04 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE: VOWG_p ), which lost 3.69% or 5.62 points to trade at 146.60 in late trade. Continental AG O.N. (DE: CONG ) declined 3.63% or 7.15 points to end at 189.85 and Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE: IFXGn ) shed 3.09% or 0.700 points to 21.960.

The top performers on the MDAX were Metro AG (DE: MEOG ) which rose 3.16% to 7.246, Osram Licht AG (DE: OSRn ) which was up 2.93% to settle at 39.30 and Rocket Internet (DE: RKET ) which gained 2.09% to close at 30.34.

The worst performers were Schaeffler AG Pref (DE: SHA_p ) which was down 5.08% to 11.12 in late trade, Leoni AG (DE: LEOGn ) which lost 3.53% to settle at 42.030 and Hella KGaA Hueck & Co (DE: HLE ) which was down 2.68% to 49.00 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Dialog Semiconductor (DE: DLGS ) which rose 8.32% to 16.070, Qiagen NV (DE: QIA ) which was up 4.82% to settle at 32.485 and Carl Zeiss Meditec AG (DE: AFXG ) which gained 2.18% to close at 67.900.

The worst performers were SMA Solar Technology AG (DE: S92G ) which was down 5.43% to 34.160 in late trade, SLM Solutions Group AG (DE: AM3D ) which lost 2.83% to settle at 24.00 and Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology O.N. (DE: PV ) which was down 2.71% to 136.60 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 423 to 293 and 62 ended unchanged on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

The DAX volatility index , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 3.48% to 15.59.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.49% or 6.00 to $1217.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.51% or 1.04 to hit $67.72 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 2.08% or 1.54 to trade at $72.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.21% to 1.1667, while EUR/GBP fell 0.17% to 0.8894.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 94.45.

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