Netherlands stocks higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.72% By

© Reuters. Netherlands stocks higher at close of trade; AEX up 0.72% – Netherlands stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the rose 0.72%.

The best performers of the session on the were Altice NV (AS:), which rose 3.74% or 0.07 points to trade at 1.90 at the close. Meanwhile, Randstad NV (AS:) added 1.65% or 0.75 points to end at 46.28 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS:) was up 1.54% or 0.420 points to 27.630 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS:), which fell 0.19% or 0.08 points to trade at 43.16 at the close. Koninklijke KPN NV (AS:) declined 0.11% or 0.003 points to end at 2.756 and Signify NV (AS:) was down 0.09% or 0.02 points to 23.48.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 93 to 34 and 14 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 4.86% to 12.73.

Crude oil for April delivery was up 2.66% or 1.51 to $58.38 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in May rose 1.45% or 0.97 to hit $67.64 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.89% or 11.55 to trade at $1309.65 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.18% to 1.1306, while EUR/GBP fell 0.80% to 0.8562.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.23% at 96.678.

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