Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.31%

Netherlands shares lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.31%
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Investing.com – Netherlands equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Oil & Gas, Basic Materials and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX lost 1.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the AEX were Heineken (AS:HEIN), which rose 0.68% or 0.60 points to trade at 88.34 at the close. Relx NV (AS:RELN) added 0.48% or 0.090 points to end at 18.685 and Gemalto (AS:GTO) was up 0.20% or 0.10 points to 50.22 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT), which lost 3.68% or 0.945 points to trade at 24.725 in late trade. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS:RDSa) declined 2.23% or 0.680 points to end at 29.800 and Aalberts Industries NV (AS:AALB) shed 2.19% or 0.89 points to 39.68.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 82 to 44 and 11 ended unchanged on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 11.55% to 12.89.

In commodities trading, Crude oil for August delivery was down 2.25% or 1.67 to $72.44 a barrel. Meanwhile, Brent oil for delivery in September fell 3.20% or 2.52 to hit $76.34 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract fell 0.72% or 9.00 to trade at $1246.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.31% to 1.1708, while EUR/GBP rose 0.06% to 0.8851.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.36% at 94.19.

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