Mexico stocks lower at close of trade; IPC down 0.34%

2017-02-24 22:29 GMT

Investing.com – Mexico stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Materials, Financial Services and Consumer Staples sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Mexico, the IPC lost 0.34%.

The best performers of the session on the IPC were Grupo LALA SA de CV (MX:LALAB), which rose 4.28% or 1.39 points to trade at 33.84 at the close. Meanwhile, Grupo Televisa SA (MX:TLVACPO) added 3.23% or 3.280 points to end at 104.690 and VOLARIS A (MX:VOLARA) was up 2.45% or 0.56 points to 23.40 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Gentera SAB de CV (MX:GENTERA), which fell 4.73% or 1.340 points to trade at 26.960 at the close. Ohl Mexico, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:OHLMEX) declined 2.80% or 0.590 points to end at 20.470 and Gruma SAB de CV (MX:GRUMAB) was down 2.72% or 7.470 points to 267.060.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 127 to 117 and 17 ended unchanged.

Shares in Gentera SAB de CV (MX:GENTERA) fell to 52-week lows; down 4.73% or 1.340 to 26.960. Shares in Grupo Televisa SA (MX:TLVACPO) rose to 52-week highs; rising 3.23% or 3.280 to 104.690.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.53% or 6.65 to $1258.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.83% or 0.45 to hit $54.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.01% or 0.57 to trade at $56.01 a barrel.

USD/MXN was up 1.31% to 19.9190, while EUR/MXN rose 1.07% to 21.0270.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 101.12.

Peru stocks lower at close of trade; S&P Lima General down 1.78%

2017-02-24 21:35 GMT

Investing.com – Peru stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Non-Metal Minerals, Industrials and Mining sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Lima, the S&P Lima General lost 1.78% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P Lima General were Edegel (LM:EDE), which rose 5.71% or 0.140 points to trade at 2.590 at the close. Meanwhile, Empresa Agroindustrial Pomalca (LM:POM) added 0.59% or 0.001 points to end at 0.169 and Inretail Peru (LM:INR) was up 0.31% or 0.060 points to 19.400 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Grana Y Monter (LM:GRA), which fell 33.33% or 1.100 points to trade at 2.200 at the close. Minsur (LM:MINi) declined 3.45% or 0.050 points to end at 1.400 and Sider (LM:SID) was down 2.86% or 0.010 points to 0.340.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lima Stock Exchange by 20 to 5 and 8 ended unchanged.

Shares in Grana Y Monter (LM:GRA) fell to 52-week lows; falling 33.33% or 1.100 to 2.200.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.77% or 0.42 to $54.03 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.94% or 0.53 to hit $56.05 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.10 to trade at $1257.50 a troy ounce.

USD/PEN was up 0.17% to 3.2520, while EUR/PEN rose 0.23% to 3.4410.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 101.13.

Brazil stocks lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 1.18%

2017-02-24 21:30 GMT

Investing.com – Brazil stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Consumption and Real Estate sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa lost 1.18%.

The best performers of the session on the Bovespa were Metalurgica Gerdau SA (SA:GOAU4), which rose 2.63% or 0.15 points to trade at 5.86 at the close. Meanwhile, Marfrig Alimentos SA (SA:MRFG3) added 2.29% or 0.14 points to end at 6.25 and Natura Cosmeticos SA (SA:NATU3) was up 2.03% or 0.51 points to 25.62 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were EcoRodovias SA (SA:ECOR3), which fell 4.77% or 0.46 points to trade at 9.19 at the close. Lojas Renner SA (SA:LREN3) declined 3.91% or 1.04 points to end at 25.55 and Petroleo Brasileiro SA (SA:PETR3) was down 3.16% or 0.52 points to 15.96.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Sao Paulo Stock Exchange by 191 to 172 and 27 ended unchanged.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was up 5.28% to 30.09.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.52% or 6.55 to $1257.95 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.75% or 0.41 to hit $54.04 a barrel, while the May US coffee C contract fell 2.50% or 3.75 to trade at $146.27 .

USD/BRL was up 1.67% to 3.1105, while EUR/BRL rose 1.50% to 3.2849.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 101.14.

Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 1.57%

2017-02-24 21:25 GMT

Investing.com – Canada stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Energy, Healthcare and Consumer Staples sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 1.57%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Silver Standard Resources Inc . (TO:SSO), which rose 5.08% or 0.73 points to trade at 15.09 at the close. Meanwhile, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc . (TO:INE) added 2.74% or 0.38 points to end at 14.24 and Kinross Gold Corporation (TO:K) was up 2.67% or 0.13 points to 4.99 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Eldorado Gold Corporation (TO:ELD), which fell 10.97% or 0.52 points to trade at 4.22 at the close. Torex Gold Resources Inc (TO:TXG) declined 7.95% or 2.330 points to end at 26.960 and Canadian Energy Services&Technology Corp (TO:CEU) was down 7.90% or 0.660 points to 7.690.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 802 to 384 and 112 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 10.43% to 13.23.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.53% or 6.60 to $1258.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.75% or 0.41 to hit $54.04 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.97% or 0.55 to trade at $56.03 a barrel.

CAD/USD was down 0.08% to 0.7630, while CAD/EUR rose 0.19% to 0.7226.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 101.14.

U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.05%

2017-02-24 21:25 GMT

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities, Telecoms and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.05% to hit a new all time high, while the S&P 500 index added 0.15%, and the NASDAQ Composite index climbed 0.17%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Wal-Mart Stores Inc (NYSE:WMT), which rose 1.51% or 1.08 points to trade at 72.39 at the close. Meanwhile, Johnson&Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) added 1.51% or 1.83 points to end at 122.73 and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) was up 0.97% or 0.35 points to 36.53 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS), which fell 1.53% or 3.84 points to trade at 247.35 at the close. JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) declined 0.88% or 0.80 points to end at 90.33 and Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) was down 0.86% or 0.70 points to 81.08.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) which rose 9.38% to 75.01, Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) which was up 6.06% to settle at 128.01 and Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) which gained 5.74% to close at 46.46.

The worst performers were Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) which was down 11.98% to 7.35 in late trade, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) which lost 6.89% to settle at 22.96 and Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) which was down 4.49% to 27.64 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Cempra Inc (NASDAQ:CEMP) which rose 28.57% to 4.050, Applied Opt (NASDAQ:AAOI) which was up 22.71% to settle at 45.98 and Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) which gained 20.09% to close at 81.00.

The worst performers were Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) which was down 24.10% to 0.7590 in late trade, FunctionX Inc (NASDAQ:FNCX) which lost 22.48% to settle at 1.0000 and My Size Inc (NASDAQ:MYSZ) which was down 15.09% to 2.70 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1646 to 1572 and 46 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1304 fell and 1214 advanced, while 105 ended unchanged.

Shares in Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) rose to all time highs; up 6.06% or 7.31 to 128.01. Shares in Cumulus Media Inc (NASDAQ:CMLS) fell to 5-year lows; losing 24.10% or 0.2410 to 0.7590. Shares in Applied Opt (NASDAQ:AAOI) rose to all time highs; gaining 22.71% or 8.51 to 45.98. Shares in Universal Display (NASDAQ:OLED) rose to all time highs; rising 20.09% or 13.55 to 81.00. Shares in My Size Inc (NASDAQ:MYSZ) fell to all time lows; losing 15.09% or 0.48 to 2.70.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 1.79% to 11.50.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.53% or 6.60 to $1258.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.75% or 0.41 to hit $54.04 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.97% or 0.55 to trade at $56.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.21% to 1.0559, while USD/JPY fell 0.43% to 112.13.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 101.14.

Movers and shakers: What rocked markets this week?

2017-02-24 21:16 GMT

Investing.com - A quick look at what rocked U.S. markets this week.

'Trumpflation trade’ on hold

U.S. equities squeezed out a win as the S&P 500, NASDAQ Composite and Dow closed higher on Friday. The positive end to the week for U.S. equities saw the Dow post its longest win streak since 1992.

Fed dampened hopes for March rate hike

The release of the minutes of Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting, failed to reinforce hopes of a March rate hike, as some Fed members’ appeared to be reluctant to support a raise in interest rates, without further details on President Trump’s economic plans.

U.S. crude supply slowed

Data from the Energy Information Administration released Thursday revealed U.S. crude inventories rose less than expected – the first time in six consecutive weeks.

Gold glittered to a 3-month high

Gold futures raced to a 3-month high on Friday, and notched up a fourth consecutive week of gains. The yellow-metal benefited from a slump in the dollar in recent sessions.

Mexican peso hit highs

The Mexican peso leaped to its strongest level in more than three months on Thursday, after U.S Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that President Trump’s policies would have a limited impact in 2017. The USD/MXN is one of the best performing currencies in the world in February, up over 5%.

Wall Street closes higher: The Dow posts longest win streak since 1992

2017-02-24 21:08 GMT

Investing.com – U.S. equities closed mostly higher on Friday, despite fears that the ‘Trumpflation trade’ was beginning to taper ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech to Congress next week while financials lagged.

The so-called ‘Trumpflation trade’ showed signs of fatigue during the session, after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that President Trump’s pro-growth policies, which are viewed as inflationary, would probably have limited impact in 2017.

Financials, mostly banks, which have trended higher on President Trump’s promise of fiscal expansion and decrease regulation, slumped to session lows and capped overall upside momentum in U.S. equities.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:GS) , Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) (NYSE:BAC.N), and JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) (NYSE:JPM.N) closed lower.

Meanwhile a mixed bag of U.S. economic data had little impact on equities as US new home sales missed expectations while consumer confidence marginally beat analysts’ estimates.

The Commerce Department said new home sales rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally-adjusted 555,000 units but missed analysts’ estimates of a 6.3% rise in January.

U.S. consumer sentiment remained upbeat, after The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index hit 96.3 in February, compared to expectations of 96.3.

Elsewhere, President Trump signed another executive order, which aims to curb regulations and help businesses but the impact on markets was limited as investors await an update from President Trump concerning his fiscal plans to boost the economy. President Donald Trump is due to address congress on Tuesday, Feb 28.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up 11 points at 20,821 The S&P 500 gained 0.15% and the Nasdaq Composite ticked higher to close at 5,845 up 0.17%. The Dow posted its longest win streak since 1992.

The top S&P 500 gainers included Foot Locker Inc (NYSE:FL) up 9.4%, and Intuit Inc (NASDAQ:INTU) up 6.1%, while Nordstrom Inc (NYSE:JWN) added 5.7%.

Southwestern Energy Company (NYSE:SWN) down 12%, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (NYSE:HPE) down 6.9% and Range Resources Corporation (NYSE:RRC) slumped 4.5%, were among the worst S&P 500 performers of the session.

CFTC: Speculators More Bearish on Euro; Crude Oil Net Longs at All-time High

2017-02-24 21:10 GMT

Investing.com - The Commodity Futures Trading Commission released its weekly Commitments of Traders report for the week ending February 21 on Friday.


Speculative positioning in the CME and ICE currency, commodity, energy and index futures:

LongShort
NetPriorChangeGrossChangeGrossChange
EUR-58.3k-46.8k-11.5k131.0k5.6k189.2k17.1k
GBP-66.4k-65.5k-0.8k38.3k-0.8k104.6k0.0k
JPY-50.2k-51.3k1.1k30.0k2.3k80.1k1.1k
CHF-8.9k-11.5k2.5k6.9k0.3k15.9k-2.2k
CAD24.6k19.3k5.2k58.8k5.6k34.2k0.4k
AUD33.5k24.2k9.3k88.8k9.5k55.2k0.2k
NZD3.2k2.9k0.3k35.3k-1.3k32.1k-1.6k
MXN-56.5k-60.2k3.7k35.1k4.9k91.6k1.1k
S&P 50030.8k57.8k-27.0k508.3k21.4k477.5k48.4k
Gold123.8k109.8k14.0k219.7k7.4k95.9k-6.6k
Silver88.0k84.8k3.2k108.8k4.1k20.8k0.9k
Copper42.8k45.2k-2.4k128.2k-3.2k85.4k-0.8k
RUB17.7k18.2k-0.5k19.2k-0.5k1.5k0.1k
Crude Oil556.6k508.5k48.2k712.7k29.5k156.1k-18.7k


Colombia stocks lower at close of trade; COLCAP down 0.64%

2017-02-24 20:20 GMT

Investing.com – Colombia stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Investment and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Colombia, the COLCAP lost 0.64%.

The best performers of the session on the COLCAP were Interconexion Electrica SA (CN:ISA), which rose 2.37% or 260.0 points to trade at 11240.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Pfgrupsura (CN:SIS_p) added 0.78% or 280.0 points to end at 36400.0 and Pfgrupoarg (CN:ARG_p) was up 0.75% or 140.0 points to 18860.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Canacol Energy Ltd (CN:CNE), which fell 2.77% or 240.0 points to trade at 8410.0 at the close. Bcolombia (CN:BIC) declined 1.89% or 480.0 points to end at 24980.0 and Bancolombia Pf (CN:BIC_p1) was down 1.80% or 500.0 points to 27320.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Colombia Stock Exchange by 21 to 7 and 4 ended unchanged.

Shares in Interconexion Electrica SA (CN:ISA) rose to 3-years highs; rising 2.37% or 260.0 to 11240.0.

US coffee C for May delivery was down 2.50% or 3.75 to $146.27 . Elsewhere in commodities trading, US cocoa for delivery in May fell 1.85% or 37.50 to hit $1989.50 , while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.60% or 7.55 to trade at $1258.95 a troy ounce.

USD/COP was up 0.70% to 2890.00, while BRL/COP fell 0.86% to 930.01.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.17% at 101.12.

Crude settles lower as oversupply concerns mount

2017-02-24 19:46 GMT

Investing.com – Crude futures reversed gains from the previous session to settle lower on Friday, after the latest Baker Hughes U.S. oil rig count rose by 5, topping 600 for the first time since October 2015.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for April delivery slid 0.83% to settle at $53.99 a barrel, while on London's Intercontinental Exchange, Brent lost 59 cents to settle at 55.99 a barrel. Despite the slump on Friday, crude ends the week 1.1% higher.

On Friday, oilfield service firm Baker Hughes reported its weekly count of U.S. oil rigs rose by 5 and topped 600 for the first time since October, 2015, which added to concerns that record U.S. crude production may curtail OPEC's effort to drain excess supply in the industry.

Speaking at the International Petroleum Week conference in London last week, OPEC Secretary General, Mohammed Barkindo estimated that OPEC member states are about 90% in compliance with a global pact to cut production and noted the willingness of non-OPEC members to comply with the deal.

In November last year, OPEC and other producers, including Russia agreed to cut output by about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in an effort to combat the oversupply issue that has pressured prices over the last two years.

The rise in U.S. oil rigs came against a bullish report on crude inventories, released a day earlier, as the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) said that crude oil inventories rose by only 0.564 million compared to estimates of an increase of 3.745 million barrels.

Next week crude inventories report is likely to be closely watched by market participants.

Baidu shares down more than 5%

2017-02-24 18:20 GMT

Investing.com - Baidu Inc (NASDAQ:BIDU) tumbled more than 5% on Friday, despite posting fourth-quarter earnings (Q4) that beat expectations a day earlier on Thursday, Feb 23.

Baidu reported a 3% year-over-year slump in net revenue to RMB 18.21 billion, compared to the same period a year ago, as changes in regulatory law weighed on top-line performance and costs swelled, after the company made a string of investments to drive growth over the past year.

Last year, the Chinese government revised the country’s advertising laws to address issues of false and misleading advertising, as a result online platforms like Baidu have to go through mandatory regulatory approvals, which has pressured marketing revenues.

Baidu’s costs have swelled over the past several months, as the company has ramped up investment in content, bandwidth and traffic in an effort to support growth in its online video streaming platform iQiyi and transaction services businesses.

Baidu’s transaction services segment, mainly consists of its online to offline (o2o) businesses, aimed at connecting people who are searching online with local merchants.

Artificial Intelligence (AI), was highlighted as another area of interest, after the company recently hired AI expert Qu Lu as its Chief Operating Officer (COO) and plans to begin small-scale production of its driverless cars by 2018.

Baidu shares last traded at $175.80, down 4.8%.

Argentinean economic acitivty -0.1% vs. -0.6% forecast

2017-02-24 19:00 GMT

Economic activity in Argentina rose more-than-expected last month, official data showed on Friday.

In a report, Instituto Nacional De Estadistic y Censos said that Argentinian Economic Activity rose to a seasonally adjusted -0.1%, from -1.4% in the preceding month.

Analysts had expected Argentinian Economic Activity to rise to -0.6% last month.

Gold futures eye fourth consecutive week of gains

2017-02-24 18:10 GMT

Investing.com - Gold futures continued to trade near session highs on Friday, buoyed by a slump in the dollar, as optimism concerning ‘Trumpflation’ fades while the latest batch of U.S. economic data had a limited impact on upside momentum in the yellow-metal.

Gold for April delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange gained $6.55 or about 0.52%, to trade at $1,257.95 a troy ounce by 13:08 ET.

Gold futures capitalized on continued pressure in the U.S. dollar with the yellow-metal hitting its highest point in 3-1/2 months in the intraday session, after the release of mixed U.S. economic data.

The Commerce Department said new home sales rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally-adjusted 555,000 units but missed analysts’ estimates of a 6.3% rise in January.

U.S. consumer sentiment remained upbeat, after The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index hit 96.3 in February, compared to expectations of 96.3.

The rally in gold futures comes as Fed minutes released on Wednesday, highlighted a reluctance among some Fed members’ to support a raise in interest rates while uncertainty over the impact of Trump’s economic policies on economic growth remained.

Elsewhere, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday, that President Trump’s pro-growth politics, which are viewed as inflationary and a boon for dollar, will have a limited impact in 2017.

Commodities across the board traded higher, as silver gained 1.25% to trade at $18.35 while copper climbed 1.2% to trade at $2.68.

Portugal stocks lower at close of trade; PSI 20 down 0.32%

2017-02-24 17:45 GMT

Investing.com – Portugal stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Consumer Goods, Consumer Services and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 lost 0.32%.

The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Montepio (LS:MPIO), which rose 9.49% or 0.039 points to trade at 0.450 at the close. Meanwhile, Pharol SGPS SA (LS:PHRA) added 4.08% or 0.0140 points to end at 0.3570 and Sonae Capital (LS:SONAC) was up 2.40% or 0.0170 points to 0.7250 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Banco Comercial Portugues (LS:BCP), which fell 1.87% or 0.0028 points to trade at 0.1467 at the close. J. Martins SGPS (LS:JMT) declined 1.47% or 0.2250 points to end at 15.1050 and Corticeira Amorim (LS:CORA) was down 1.21% or 0.118 points to 9.650.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 20 to 15 and 4 ended unchanged.

Brent oil for April delivery was down 0.65% or 0.37 to $56.21 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.61% or 0.33 to hit $54.12 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.55% or 6.85 to trade at $1258.25 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.0580, while EUR/GBP rose 0.65% to 0.8482.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 100.97.

Dollar heads for 3-day losing streak

2017-02-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com - The U.S. dollar headed for a third-day of losses against major currencies on Friday, as US new home sales missed expectations while consumer confidence marginally beat analysts’ estimates.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, slipped 0.04% to 101.91 and is on course to end the trading week in negative territory.

The dollar recovered from its early morning losses, but ultimately remained under pressure, after the release of mixed U.S. economic data failed to spur a broad dollar recovery.

The Commerce Department said new home sales rose 3.7 percent to a seasonally-adjusted 555,000 units but missed analysts’ estimates of a 6.3% rise in January.

U.S. consumer sentiment remained upbeat, after The University of Michigan's Consumer Sentiment Index hit 96.3 in February, compared to expectations of 96.3.

The dollar continued to be weighed down from earlier events during the week: Wednesday’s Fed minutes, revealed a reluctance among some Fed members’ to support a raise in interest rates while uncertainty over the impact of Trump’s economic policies on economic growth remained.

Elsewhere, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday, that President Trump’s pro-growth policies, which are viewed as inflationary and a boon for the dollar, will have a limited impact in 2017.

The dollar lost ground against its Canadian counterpart, after a strong bout of Canadian inflation data, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Statistics Canada reported that the consumer price index (CPI) rose 0.9% In January, beating expectations of a 0.3% increase. USD/CAD traded 0.17% lower at $1.3083

GBP/USD retreated by more than 0.5% to $1.248 at 12:35 ET 5:35 GMT while EUR/USD gained 0.07% to trade higher at 1.058

Meanwhile, USD/JPY traded lower at $112.16, down 0.40%

Denmark stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Copenhagen 20 down 0.81%

2017-02-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com – Denmark stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil&Gas, Industrials and Financials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Copenhagen, the OMX Copenhagen 20 declined 0.81%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Copenhagen 20 were ISS A/S (CO:ISS), which rose 1.34% or 3.50 points to trade at 265.60 at the close. Meanwhile, Novozymes A/S B (CO:NZYMb) added 0.26% or 0.7 points to end at 268.0 and Novo Nordisk A/S B (CO:NOVOb) was up 0.20% or 0.5 points to 249.3 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Genmab (CO:GEN), which fell 3.72% or 53.0 points to trade at 1371.0 at the close. AP Moeller - Maersk A/S B (CO:MAERSKb) declined 2.25% or 260 points to end at 11300 and GN Store Nord (CO:GN) was down 1.96% or 3.2 points to 159.7.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange by 85 to 37 and 19 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.61% or 0.33 to $54.12 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.67% or 0.38 to hit $56.20 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.53% or 6.65 to trade at $1258.05 a troy ounce.

USD/DKK was down 0.03% to 7.0219, while EUR/DKK rose 0.02% to 7.4345.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Spain stocks lower at close of trade; IBEX 35 down 0.42%

2017-02-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com – Spain stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financial Services&Real Estate, Consumer Goods and Building&Construction sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 declined 0.42%.

The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Indra A (MC:IDR), which rose 8.97% or 0.965 points to trade at 11.725 at the close. Meanwhile, International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (MC:ICAG) added 4.13% or 0.247 points to end at 6.226 and Gamesa (MC:GAM) was up 2.99% or 0.610 points to 21.000 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Acciona (MC:ANA), which fell 2.64% or 1.920 points to trade at 70.780 at the close. Acerinox (MC:ACX) declined 1.83% or 0.245 points to end at 13.175 and Caixabank SA (MC:CABK) was down 1.77% or 0.058 points to 3.211.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 117 to 51 and 11 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.54% or 6.75 to $1258.15 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.62% or 0.34 to hit $54.11 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.69% or 0.39 to trade at $56.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.07% to 1.0588, while EUR/GBP rose 0.66% to 0.8483.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.94%

2017-02-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com – France stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Consumer Services and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.94%, while the SBF 120 index lost 0.95%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA:ESSI), which rose 0.83% or 0.90 points to trade at 108.75 at the close. Meanwhile, Sanofi SA (PA:SASY) added 0.56% or 0.45 points to end at 80.58 and Cap Gemini SA (PA:CAPP) was up 0.05% or 0.04 points to 80.95 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Vivendi SA (PA:VIV), which fell 3.94% or 0.67 points to trade at 16.32 at the close. Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP) declined 2.82% or 0.52 points to end at 17.93 and Solvay SA (BR:SOLB) was down 2.40% or 2.75 points to 111.95.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Ingenico Group (PA:INGC) which rose 7.23% to 84.95, Ipsos (PA:ISOS) which was up 2.41% to settle at 30.22 and Edenred (PA:EDEN) which gained 1.43% to close at 21.30.

The worst performers were GTT (PA:GTT) which was down 8.67% to 35.17 in late trade, Vallourec (PA:VLLP) which lost 7.01% to settle at 5.323 and CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which was down 4.98% to 8.3900 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 432 to 177 and 91 ended unchanged.

Shares in CGG SA (PA:GEPH) fell to 52-week lows; losing 4.98% or 0.4400 to 8.3900.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 4.79% to 16.09.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.55% or 6.85 to $1258.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.62% or 0.34 to hit $54.11 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.69% or 0.39 to trade at $56.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.07% to 1.0588, while EUR/GBP rose 0.65% to 0.8482.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Netherlands stocks lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.58%

2017-02-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com – Netherlands stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Industrials, Telecoms and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX lost 0.58%.

The best performers of the session on the AEX were KPN Kon (AS:KPN), which rose 1.47% or 0.039 points to trade at 2.694 at the close. Meanwhile, Wolters Kluwer (AS:WLSNc) added 0.66% or 0.25 points to end at 38.40 and Vopak (AS:VOPA) was up 0.46% or 0.18 points to 39.28 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Altice NV (AS:ATCA), which fell 2.54% or 0.52 points to trade at 19.94 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS:ISPA) declined 1.44% or 0.121 points to end at 8.295 and ABN AMRO Group NV (AS:ABNd) was down 1.42% or 0.31 points to 21.45.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 94 to 31 and 9 ended unchanged.

The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 1.70% to 14.42.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.61% or 0.33 to $54.12 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.69% or 0.39 to hit $56.19 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.56% or 6.95 to trade at $1258.35 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.0587, while EUR/GBP rose 0.65% to 0.8482.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Finland stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Helsinki 25 down 0.70%

2017-02-24 17:30 GMT

Investing.com – Finland stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil&Gas, Basic Materials and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Helsinki, the OMX Helsinki 25 lost 0.70%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Helsinki 25 were Tieto Oyj (HE:TIE1V), which rose 0.61% or 0.16 points to trade at 26.27 at the close. Meanwhile, Nokia Oyj (HE:NOKIA) added 0.29% or 0.014 points to end at 4.816 and Nokian Renkaat Oyj (HE:NRE1V) was up 0.13% or 0.05 points to 37.39 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Outokumpu Oyj (HE:OUT1V), which fell 2.94% or 0.2800 points to trade at 9.2350 at the close. Konecranes Abp (HE:KCRA) declined 2.52% or 0.86 points to end at 33.33 and Cargotec Oyj (HE:CGCBV) was down 2.30% or 1.07 points to 45.51.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Helsinki Stock Exchange by 110 to 32 and 12 ended unchanged.

Shares in Nokian Renkaat Oyj (HE:NRE1V) rose to 3-years highs; rising 0.13% or 0.05 to 37.39.

Brent oil for April delivery was down 0.69% or 0.39 to $56.19 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.61% or 0.33 to hit $54.12 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.56% or 7.05 to trade at $1258.45 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.09% to 1.0591, while EUR/GBP rose 0.65% to 0.8482.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 100.89.

Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.72%

2017-02-24 17:20 GMT

Investing.com – Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials, Technology and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 declined 0.72%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Proximus NV (BR:PROX), which rose 1.89% or 0.53 points to trade at 28.38 at the close. Meanwhile, NV Bekaert SA (BR:BEKB) added 1.54% or 0.64 points to end at 41.80 and Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) was up 0.10% or 0.03 points to 28.87 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Solvay SA (BR:SOLB), which fell 2.40% or 2.75 points to trade at 111.95 at the close. Groupe Bruxelles Lambert SA (BR:GBLB) declined 1.62% or 1.31 points to end at 79.49 and KBC (BR:KBC) was down 1.49% or 0.860 points to 57.020.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 60 to 51 and 8 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.53% or 6.65 to $1258.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.73% or 0.40 to hit $54.05 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.81% or 0.46 to trade at $56.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.10% to 1.0592, while EUR/GBP rose 0.61% to 0.8478.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.06% at 100.89.

U.K. stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.34%

2017-02-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Industrial Metals&Mining, Mining and Automobiles&Parts sectors led shares lower.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 lost 0.34%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. (LON:ICAG), which rose 4.46% or 22.50 points to trade at 527.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:HIK) added 1.98% or 41.00 points to end at 2109.00 and EasyJet PLC (LON:EZJ) was up 1.86% or 17.000 points to 931.500 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC (LON:RBS), which fell 4.49% or 11.200 points to trade at 238.200 at the close. Rio Tinto PLC (LON:RIO) declined 3.00% or 102.500 points to end at 3315.500 and BHP Billiton PLC (LON:BLT) was down 2.93% or 39.50 points to 1308.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1260 to 629 and 472 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.45% or 5.60 to $1257.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.84% or 0.46 to hit $53.99 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.90% or 0.51 to trade at $56.07 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.49% to 1.2496, while EUR/GBP rose 0.55% to 0.8473.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Nigeria stocks lower at close of trade; NSE 30 down 0.80%

2017-02-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – Nigeria stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Food, Beverages&Tobacco, Banking and Oil&Gas sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Lagos, the NSE 30 fell 0.80%.

The best performers of the session on the NSE 30 were Stanbicibtc Hl (LAGOS:IBTC), which rose 4.89% or 0.81 points to trade at 17.36 at the close. Meanwhile, Uacn Prop (LAGOS:UACN) added 4.83% or 0.58 points to end at 12.60 and Dangsugar (LAGOS:DANGSUG) was up 1.00% or 0.06 points to 6.06 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Nig Brew (LAGOS:NB), which fell 2.98% or 3.99 points to trade at 130.00 at the close. Guaranty Bnk (LAGOS:GUARANT) declined 2.43% or 0.60 points to end at 24.05 and Diamond Bank (LAGOS:DIAMONB) was down 2.38% or 0.020 points to 0.820.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lagos by 19 to 12 and 61 ended unchanged.

Shares in Diamond Bank (LAGOS:DIAMONB) fell to all time lows; down 2.38% or 0.020 to 0.820.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.83% or 0.45 to $54.00 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.90% or 0.51 to hit $56.07 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.15 to trade at $1257.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/NGN was down 2.35% to 324.350, while USD/NGN unchanged 0.00% to 317.000.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Germany stocks lower at close of trade; DAX down 1.20%

2017-02-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – Germany stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Food&Beverages, Technology and Media sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX lost 1.20%, while the MDAX index lost 1.05%, and the TecDAX index declined 1.39%.

The best performers of the session on the DAX were Merck KGaA (DE:MRCG), which rose 0.44% or 0.450 points to trade at 103.200 at the close. Meanwhile, Lufthansa AG VNA O.N. (DE:LHAG) added 0.07% or 0.010 points to end at 13.710 and Deutsche Boerse AG Z.UMT. (DE:DB11) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to 83.94 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Prosiebensat 1 Media AG (DE:PSMGn), which fell 3.46% or 1.340 points to trade at 37.350 at the close. Infineon Technologies AG NA O.N. (DE:IFXGn) declined 2.93% or 0.510 points to end at 16.910 and BASF SE NA O.N. (DE:BASFN) was down 2.88% or 2.590 points to 87.360.

The top performers on the MDAX were MTU Aero Engines NA O.N. (DE:MTXGn) which rose 1.77% to 117.550, Aurubis AG (DE:NAFG) which was up 0.51% to settle at 54.880 and Symrise AG Inh. O.N. (DE:SY1G) which gained 0.51% to close at 58.910.

The worst performers were Rhoen Klinikum AG (DE:RHKG) which was down 6.11% to 23.650 in late trade, Salzgitter AG (DE:SZGG) which lost 5.35% to settle at 34.920 and Suedzucker AG (DE:SZUG) which was down 3.69% to 23.990 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Xing AG (DE:OBCGn) which rose 2.40% to 191.750, GFT Technologies AG (DE:GFTG) which was up 1.08% to settle at 19.675 and Adva Optical Networking SE (DE:ADAG) which gained 0.95% to close at 9.107.

The worst performers were RIB Software AG Na (DE:RIB) which was down 5.87% to 11.620 in late trade, S&T AG (F:SANT1) which lost 4.32% to settle at 9.090 and Siltronic AG (DE:WAFGn) which was down 3.75% to 56.790 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 558 to 183 and 22 ended unchanged.

Shares in MTU Aero Engines NA O.N. (DE:MTXGn) rose to all time highs; rising 1.77% or 2.050 to 117.550. Shares in Rhoen Klinikum AG (DE:RHKG) fell to 52-week lows; falling 6.11% or 1.540 to 23.650.

The DAX volatility index, which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 3.20% to 15.29.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.49% or 6.10 to $1257.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.83% or 0.45 to hit $54.00 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.88% or 0.50 to trade at $56.08 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.0586, while EUR/GBP rose 0.52% to 0.8471.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Poland stocks lower at close of trade; WIG30 down 1.84%

2017-02-24 17:10 GMT

Investing.com – Poland stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Banking, Oil&Gas and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Warsaw, the WIG30 fell 1.84%.

The best performers of the session on the WIG30 were CCC SA (WA:CCCP), which rose 3.17% or 6.90 points to trade at 224.90 at the close. Meanwhile, Alior Bank SA (WA:ALRR) added 0.51% or 0.34 points to end at 66.60 and Tauron Polska Energia SA (WA:TPE) was up 0.34% or 0.010 points to 2.980 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were CD Projekt SA (WA:CDR), which fell 4.49% or 3.34 points to trade at 71.00 at the close. mBank SA (WA:MBK) declined 4.35% or 18.45 points to end at 406.05 and Grupa Lotos SA (WA:LTSP) was down 4.24% or 2.17 points to 48.95.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Warsaw Stock Exchange by 331 to 263 and 170 ended unchanged.

Shares in CCC SA (WA:CCCP) rose to all time highs; gaining 3.17% or 6.90 to 224.90.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.79% or 0.43 to $54.02 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.85% or 0.48 to hit $56.10 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.15 to trade at $1257.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/PLN was up 0.36% to 4.3168, while USD/PLN rose 0.31% to 4.0776.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.02% at 100.93.

Sweden stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Stockholm 30 down 1.16%

2017-02-24 17:05 GMT

Investing.com – Sweden stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil&Gas, Consumer Services and Basic Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Stockholm, the OMX Stockholm 30 fell 1.16%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Stockholm 30 were Tele2 AB (ST:TEL2b), which rose 0.31% or 0.25 points to trade at 81.20 at the close. Meanwhile, Telia Company AB (ST:TELIA) added 0.19% or 0.07 points to end at 36.17 and Swedish Match AB (ST:SWMA) was up 0.14% or 0.4 points to 284.3 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were H&M Hennes&Mauritz AB B (ST:HMb), which fell 3.09% or 7.6 points to trade at 238.5 at the close. Lundin Petroleum AB (ST:LUPE) declined 2.93% or 5.60 points to end at 185.70 and Boliden AB (ST:BOL) was down 2.25% or 6.30 points to 273.20.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Stockholm Stock Exchange by 446 to 234 and 80 ended unchanged.

Shares in Tele2 AB (ST:TEL2b) rose to 52-week highs; up 0.31% or 0.25 to 81.20.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.84% or 0.46 to $53.99 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.90% or 0.51 to hit $56.07 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.15 to trade at $1257.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/SEK was up 0.10% to 9.5256, while USD/SEK rose 0.04% to 8.9969.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Norway stocks lower at close of trade; Oslo OBX down 0.97%

2017-02-24 17:05 GMT

Investing.com – Norway stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Pharma Biotech&Life Sciences, Consumer Durables And Apparel and Materials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Oslo, the Oslo OBX lost 0.97% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the Oslo OBX were Schibsted ASA A (OL:SBSTA), which rose 1.84% or 4.0 points to trade at 221.5 at the close. Meanwhile, Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OL:NWC) added 1.15% or 2.9 points to end at 254.1 and Schibsted ASA B (OL:SBSTB) was up 1.00% or 2.00 points to 202.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Norsk Hydro ASA (OL:NHY), which fell 4.02% or 1.95 points to trade at 46.50 at the close. Aker BP ASA (OL:AKERBP) declined 3.65% or 5.60 points to end at 147.80 and Seadrill Limited (OL:SDRL) was down 2.99% or 0.5 points to 16.6.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Oslo Stock Exchange by 120 to 61 and 22 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.81% or 0.44 to $54.01 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.88% or 0.50 to hit $56.08 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.15 to trade at $1257.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/NOK was down 0.01% to 8.8242, while USD/NOK fell 0.05% to 8.3346.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Morocco stocks higher at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares up 0.44%

2017-02-24 17:05 GMT

Investing.com – Morocco stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Chemicals, Holding Companies and Utilities sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares added 0.44%.

The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were CDM (CS:CDM), which rose 5.99% or 28 points to trade at 498 at the close. Meanwhile, Lesieur Cristal (CS:LESU) added 5.88% or 8.00 points to end at 144.00 and Eqdom (CS:EQDM) was up 5.83% or 60 points to 1090 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Alliances (CS:ADI), which fell 6.76% or 11 points to trade at 151 at the close. Cartier Saada (CS:CRS) declined 6.38% or 1.50 points to end at 22.01 and Hps (CS:HPS) was down 6.25% or 50.00 points to 750.00.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 29 to 23 and 7 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.77% or 0.42 to $54.03 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.85% or 0.48 to hit $56.10 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.15 to trade at $1257.55 a troy ounce.

EUR/MAD was down 0.01% to 10.6870, while USD/MAD fell 0.04% to 10.0999.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Russia stocks lower at close of trade; MICEX down 0.63%

2017-02-24 17:05 GMT

Investing.com – Russia stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Power, Mining and Manufacturing sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX lost 0.63% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the MICEX were MegaFon OAO (MCX:MFON), which rose 4.32% or 27.90 points to trade at 673.50 at the close. Meanwhile, Polymetal International PLC (MCX:POLY) added 3.03% or 21.50 points to end at 731.00 and DIXY Group ao (MCX:DIXY) was up 1.30% or 3.40 points to 264.50 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Rosseti ao (MCX:RSTI), which fell 5.12% or 0.0564 points to trade at 1.0450 at the close. FSK EES (MCX:FEES) declined 4.44% or 0.0105 points to end at 0.2260 and Magnit (MCX:MGNT) was down 4.01% or 369.0 points to 8825.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 142 to 70 and 18 ended unchanged.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.74% to 24.120.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.49% or 6.10 to $1257.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.77% or 0.42 to hit $54.03 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.87% or 0.49 to trade at $56.09 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.60% to 58.4175, while EUR/RUB rose 1.21% to 61.816.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 100.92.

Italy stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com Italy 40 down 1.32%

2017-02-24 16:55 GMT

Investing.com – Italy stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Telecoms and Oil&Gas sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Milan, the Investing.com Italy 40 lost 1.32%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com Italy 40 were Leonardo SpA (MI:LDOF), which rose 3.81% or 0.450 points to trade at 12.250 at the close. Meanwhile, Enel (MI:ENEI) added 0.65% or 0.026 points to end at 4.000 and A2A (MI:A2) was up 0.63% or 0.008 points to 1.275 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Saipem (MI:SPMI), which fell 6.80% or 0.0307 points to trade at 0.4207 at the close. Banco Bpm (MI:BAMI) declined 6.65% or 0.154 points to end at 2.162 and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (MI:FCHA) was down 3.15% or 0.330 points to 10.150.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Milan Stock Exchange by 253 to 89 and 14 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for April delivery was down 0.73% or 0.40 to $54.05 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in April fell 0.80% or 0.45 to hit $56.13 a barrel, while the April Gold Futures contract rose 0.49% or 6.10 to trade at $1257.50 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.0580, while EUR/GBP rose 0.49% to 0.8468.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.04% at 100.99.

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