Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.40%

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Netherlands shares higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.40%
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Investing.com – Netherlands equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Healthcare and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were ING Groep NV (AS: INGA ), which rose 5.65% or 0.592 points to trade at 11.072 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS: GLPG ) added 2.93% or 2.660 points to end at 93.360 and Philips Lighting NV (AS: LIGHT ) was up 2.43% or 0.53 points to 22.33 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS: RDSa ), which lost 1.97% or 0.555 points to trade at 27.605 in late trade. Randstad NV (AS: RAND ) declined 1.91% or 0.85 points to end at 43.70 and Wolters Kluwer (AS: WLSNc ) shed 1.83% or 0.92 points to 49.24.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 80 to 47 and 9 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 6.63% to 16.58.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for December delivery was down 2.85% or 1.86 to $63.45 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in January fell 3.43% or 2.59 to hit $72.88 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract rose 1.86% or 22.50 to trade at $1234.80 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.73% to 1.1395, while EUR/GBP fell 1.06% to 0.8784.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.72% at 96.20.

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