Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.77%

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Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Technology, Financials and Industrials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 added 0.77%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG), which rose 3.95% or 1.845 points to trade at 48.595 at the close. Meanwhile, KBC (BR:KBC) added 1.66% or 0.755 points to end at 46.195 and NV Bekaert SA (BR:BEKB) was up 1.57% or 0.62 points to 40.16 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were UCB (BR:UCB), which fell 0.29% or 0.20 points to trade at 68.98 at the close. Solvay SA (BR:SOLB) declined 0.13% or 0.12 points to end at 90.60 and Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) was down 0.05% or 0.01 points to 30.90.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 97 to 39 and 17 ended unchanged.

Gold for December delivery was up 0.27% or 3.75 to $1368.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 2.33% or 0.95 to hit $41.78 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 2.04% or 0.88 to trade at $43.98 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.14% to 1.1133, while EUR/GBP rose 1.37% to 0.8483.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.20% at 95.68.

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