Investing.com – Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials, Consumer Goods and Technology sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 0.09%.
The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX), which rose 4.20% or 0.75 points to trade at 18.59 at the close. Meanwhile, Argen-X (BR:ARGX) added 3.70% or 3.30 points to end at 92.50 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR:ABI) was up 2.18% or 1.42 points to 66.61 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were ING Groep NV (AS:INGA), which fell 2.26% or 0.238 points to trade at 10.312 at the close. Ageas (BR:AGES) declined 1.27% or 0.520 points to end at 40.580 and KBC (BR:KBC) was down 1.17% or 0.700 points to 59.280.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 63 to 54 and 18 ended unchanged.
Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.70% or 9.25 to $1324.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.51% or 0.82 to hit $55.05 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.67% or 0.41 to trade at $61.95 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.34% to 1.1439, while EUR/GBP fell 0.42% to 0.8713.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.31% at 95.322.