BELGIUM STOCKS LOWER AT CLOSE OF TRADE; BEL 20 DOWN 0.43%
BUZ INVESTORS Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Financials, Consumer Services and Industrials sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 lost 0.43% to hit a new 1-month low.
The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG), which rose 2.27% or 1.570 points to trade at 70.720 at the close. Meanwhile, Aperam SA (AS:APAM) added 1.60% or 0.64 points to end at 40.41 and Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) was up 1.08% or 0.35 points to 32.75 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were KBC (BR:KBC), which fell 2.32% or 1.510 points to trade at 63.600 at the close. NV Bekaert SA (BR:BEKB) declined 1.47% or 0.66 points to end at 43.86 and Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) was down 1.25% or 0.56 points to 43.88.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 57 to 56 and 10 ended unchanged.
Shares in Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) fell to 52-week lows; falling 1.25% or 0.56 to 43.88.
Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.56% or 7.03 to $1252.83 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.39% or 0.59 to hit $43.12 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.63% or 0.73 to trade at $45.55 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.16% to 1.1150, while EUR/GBP fell 0.11% to 0.8803.