Investing.com – Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Goods, Utilities and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.
At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 fell 1.40% to hit a new 52-week low.
The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Argen-X (BR:ARGX), which rose 0.50% or 0.40 points to trade at 81.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) added 0.49% or 0.08 points to end at 16.56 and Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA (BR:GBLB) was up 0.22% or 0.16 points to 73.70 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG), which fell 3.05% or 2.380 points to trade at 75.600 at the close. bpost NV (BR:BPOST) declined 2.75% or 0.21 points to end at 7.59 and KBC (BR:KBC) was down 2.33% or 1.320 points to 55.340.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 82 to 35 and 20 ended unchanged.
Shares in KBC (BR:KBC) fell to 52-week lows; falling 2.33% or 1.320 to 55.340.
Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.74% or 9.40 to $1279.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 3.30% or 1.54 to hit $45.07 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 3.45% or 1.91 to trade at $53.38 a barrel.
EUR/USD was up 0.60% to 1.1421, while EUR/GBP rose 0.61% to 0.9042.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.43% at 96.167.