Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.51%

© Reuters. Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.51%© Reuters. Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.51% – Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the rose 0.51%.

The best performers of the session on the were Argen-X (BR:), which rose 3.16% or 2.30 points to trade at 75.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Galapagos NV (AS:) added 2.32% or 1.940 points to end at 85.440 and UCB (BR:) was up 2.22% or 1.52 points to 69.90 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:), which fell 4.78% or 2.48 points to trade at 49.40 at the close. bpost NV (BR:) declined 0.72% or 0.09 points to end at 12.41 and Cofinimmo-Sicafi (BR:) was down 0.28% or 0.30 points to 108.20.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 60 to 47 and 22 ended unchanged.

Shares in bpost NV (BR:) fell to all time lows; losing 0.72% or 0.09 to 12.41.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.24% or 3.00 to $1247.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.15% or 0.81 to hit $69.57 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $73.42 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.10% to 1.1685, while EUR/GBP fell 0.06% to 0.8836.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 94.47.

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