Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.05%

Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the TechnologyIndustrials and Financials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 declined 0.05%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Argen-X (BR:ARGX), which rose 2.42% or 2.10 points to trade at 88.70 at the close. Meanwhile, Telenet Group Holding NV (BR:TNET) added 2.07% or 0.84 points to end at 41.44 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR:ABI) was up 1.22% or 0.70 points to 58.17 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were bpost NV (BR:BPOST), which fell 3.10% or 0.24 points to trade at 7.66 at the close. Solvay SA (BR:SOLB) declined 2.47% or 2.16 points to end at 85.12 and Aperam SA (AS:APAM) was down 1.81% or 0.41 points to 22.20.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 57 to 48 and 16 ended unchanged.

Shares in Solvay SA (BR:SOLB) fell to 52-week lows; losing 2.47% or 2.16 to 85.12.

Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.61% or 7.80 to $1291.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.41% or 0.19 to hit $46.73 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.76% or 0.42 to trade at $55.33 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.51% to 1.1400, while EUR/GBP rose 0.38% to 0.9027.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.58% at 95.868./

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