© Reuters.  Netherlands stocks higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.40%© Reuters. Netherlands stocks higher at close of trade; AEX up 1.40%

Investing.com – Netherlands stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas, Industrials and Telecoms sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX rose 1.40%.

The best performers of the session on the AEX were Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS:RDSa), which rose 3.31% or 0.955 points to trade at 29.770 at the close. Meanwhile, Altice NV (AS:ATCA) added 3.04% or 0.10 points to end at 3.53 and Randstad Holding NV (AS:RAND) was up 2.62% or 1.36 points to 53.24 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS:AD), which fell 0.58% or 0.120 points to trade at 20.445 at the close. Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS:VOPA) declined 0.30% or 0.12 points to end at 39.96 and Gemalto (AS:GTO) was down 0.28% or 0.14 points to 50.04.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 88 to 34 and 16 ended unchanged.

The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was down 12.88% to 12.23.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 4.56% or 2.99 to $68.53 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 2.51% or 1.83 to hit $74.88 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.04% or 0.50 to trade at $1271.00 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.40% to 1.1649, while EUR/GBP rose 0.19% to 0.8780.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.28% at 94.28.

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