Investing.com – Netherlands stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Healthcare, Consumer Services and Industrials sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 0.14%.
The best performers of the session on the AEX were Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS:AD), which rose 3.21% or 0.720 points to trade at 23.175 at the close. Meanwhile, Unilever NV DRC (AS:UNc) added 1.03% or 0.48 points to end at 47.17 and Altice NV (AS:ATCA) was up 0.96% or 0.02 points to 1.73 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Philips Lighting NV (AS:LIGHT), which fell 2.32% or 0.50 points to trade at 21.05 at the close. Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS:RDSa) declined 1.65% or 0.435 points to end at 25.925 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) was down 1.45% or 0.274 points to 18.670.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 64 to 64 and 7 ended unchanged.
Shares in Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS:AD) rose to 5-year highs; rising 3.21% or 0.720 to 23.175.
The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 2.53% to 16.09.
Crude oil for March delivery was down 1.53% or 0.81 to $52.20 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in March fell 1.41% or 0.87 to hit $60.63 a barrel, while the February Gold Futures contract rose 0.08% or 1.05 to trade at $1284.45 a troy ounce.
EUR/USD was up 0.32% to 1.1395, while EUR/GBP fell 0.55% to 0.8717.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.26% at 95.713.