Spain shares higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.23%

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Spain shares higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.23% – Spain equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Chemical, Petroleum & Plastic and Building & Construction sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 gained 0.23% to hit a new 1-month high.

The biggest gainers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Mediaset ESP (MC: TL5 ), which rose 5.77% or 0.340 points to trade at 6.228 at the close. Cie Automotive (MC: CIEA ) added 2.72% or 0.660 points to end at 24.920 and Repsol (MC: REP ) was up 1.86% or 0.275 points to 15.050 in late trade.

Biggest losers included B. Sabadell (MC: SABE ), which lost 1.99% or 0.021 points to trade at 1.034 in late trade. Caixabank SA (MC: CABK ) declined 1.84% or 0.062 points to end at 3.310 and Bankia SA (MC: BKIA ) shed 1.44% or 0.037 points to 2.539.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 109 to 66 and 18 ended unchanged on the Madrid Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.34% or 4.40 to $1279.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.06% or 0.56 to hit $53.18 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $61.18 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.65% to 1.1306, while EUR/GBP fell 0.32% to 0.8678.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.53% at 96.278.

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