Germany stocks higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.12% By

© Reuters. Germany stocks higher at close of trade; DAX up 0.12% – Germany stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Frankfurt, the gained 0.12% to hit a new 6-months high, while the index climbed 0.47%, and the index gained 1.27%.

The best performers of the session on the were Deutsche Boerse AG (DE:), which rose 2.03% or 2.725 points to trade at 136.825 at the close. Meanwhile, Linde PLC (DE:) added 1.22% or 2.600 points to end at 216.100 and Merck KGaA (DE:) was up 1.12% or 1.45 points to 131.10 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE:), which fell 2.55% or 3.90 points to trade at 148.78 at the close. Daimler AG NA O.N. (DE:) declined 2.08% or 1.195 points to end at 56.285 and Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (DE:) was down 1.96% or 1.480 points to 74.185.

The top performers on the MDAX were Aixtron SE (DE:) which rose 4.51% to 11.595, Varta AG (DE:) which was up 4.37% to settle at 107.500 and Zalando SE (DE:) which gained 4.19% to close at 79.58.

The worst performers were Thyssenkrupp AG O.N. (DE:) which was down 3.30% to 5.647 in late trade, K+S AG NA O.N. (DE:) which lost 3.19% to settle at 7.501 and Aareal Bank AG (DE:) which was down 2.58% to 19.990 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Aixtron SE (DE:) which rose 4.51% to 11.595, S&T AG (DE:) which was up 4.48% to settle at 19.60 and Varta AG (DE:) which gained 4.37% to close at 107.500.

The worst performers were Pfeiffer Vacuum Technology O.N. (DE:) which was down 1.33% to 155.40 in late trade, Nordex SE O.N. (DE:) which lost 1.30% to settle at 18.990 and Telefonica Deutschland Holding AG (DE:) which was down 0.59% to 2.379 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 349 to 290 and 41 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was down 3.47% to 22.00 a new 6-months low.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.16% or 2.90 to $1808.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 1.66% or 0.76 to hit $44.95 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 1.73% or 0.84 to trade at $47.69 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1907, while EUR/GBP rose 0.38% to 0.8933.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.12% at 92.078.

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