Spain stocks lower at close of trade; IBEX 35 down 0.05%

Spain stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Financial Services & Real EstateConsumer Services and Telecoms & IT sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 declined 0.05%.

The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Merlin Properties SA(MC:MRL), which rose 2.02% or 0.23 points to trade at 11.38 at the close. Meanwhile,Red Electrica Corporacion SA (MC:REE) added 1.95% or 0.375 points to end at 19.650 and Inmobiliaria Colonial SA (MC:COL) was up 1.72% or 0.150 points to 8.855 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Mediaset ESP (MC:TL5), which fell 6.39% or 0.374 points to trade at 5.476 at the close. B. Sabadell (MC:SABE) declined 3.69% or 0.040 points to end at 1.030 and Bankia SA (MC:BKIA) was down 2.54% or 0.067 points to 2.566.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 85 to 84 and 21 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.22% or 2.85 to $1290.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.90% or 0.47 to hit $51.84 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.51% or 0.31 to trade at $61.01 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.1385, while EUR/GBP fell 0.60% to 0.8792.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 95.790./

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