© Reuters.  Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.89%© Reuters. Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.89%

Investing.com – Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Telecoms, Consumer Goods and Financials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 0.89%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Telenet Group (BR:TNET), which rose 4.52% or 1.74 points to trade at 40.24 at the close. Meanwhile, Proximus NV (BR:PROX) added 1.75% or 0.36 points to end at 20.93 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR:ABI) was up 1.57% or 1.32 points to 85.21 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Argen-X (BR:ARGX), which fell 1.42% or 1.10 points to trade at 76.50 at the close. Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) declined 0.21% or 0.10 points to end at 48.13 and Umicore SA (BR:UMI) was down 0.10% or 0.05 points to 49.34.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 81 to 35 and 13 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.02% or 0.20 to $1270.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 4.56% or 2.99 to hit $68.53 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.44% or 1.78 to trade at $74.83 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.29% to 1.1637, while EUR/GBP rose 0.14% to 0.8775.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.21% at 94.34.

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