Mexico stocks lower at close of trade; IPC down 0.40%

2017-11-24 22:29 GMT

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

At the close in Mexico, the IPC lost 0.40%.

The best performers of the session on the IPC were Grupo Aeroportuario Del CentroNorte (MX:OMAB), which rose 1.82% or 1.690 points to trade at 94.310 at the close. Meanwhile, Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste (MX:ASURB) added 1.52% or 4.90 points to end at 327.28 and Infraestructura Energetica Nova SAB (MX:IENOVA) was up 1.14% or 1.16 points to 102.65 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Genomma Lab Internacional SAB De CV (MX:LABB), which fell 2.66% or 0.590 points to trade at 21.550 at the close. PINFRA SAB De CV (MX:PINFRA) declined 1.89% or 3.73 points to end at 193.57 and Gruma SAB de CV (MX:GRUMAB) was down 1.61% or 3.96 points to 241.74.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 114 to 79 and 14 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.32% or 4.16 to $1288.04 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.64% or 0.95 to hit $58.97 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.33 to trade at $63.88 a barrel.

USD/MXN was down 0.31% to 18.5649, while EUR/MXN rose 0.32% to 22.1419.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

Peru stocks higher at close of trade; S&P Lima General up 0.40%

2017-11-24 21:35 GMT

Investing.com – Peru stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Mining, Banking&Financials and Food&Beverages sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Lima, the S&P Lima General gained 0.40%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P Lima General were Minera Irl (LM:IRL), which rose 5.26% or 0.01 points to trade at 0.10 at the close. Meanwhile, Atacocha (LM:ATB) added 3.03% or 0.020 points to end at 0.680 and Minsur (LM:MINi) was up 2.56% or 0.050 points to 2.000 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Austral Group SAA (LM:AUG), which fell 9.09% or 0.150 points to trade at 1.500 at the close. Trevali Mining (LM:TV) declined 2.63% or 0.030 points to end at 1.110 and Grana Y Monter (LM:GRA) was down 1.96% or 0.040 points to 2.000.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lima Stock Exchange by 19 to 13 and 9 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.64% or 0.95 to $58.97 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.52% or 0.33 to hit $63.88 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.32% or 4.16 to trade at $1288.04 a troy ounce.

USD/PEN was up 0.03% to 3.2375, while EUR/PEN rose 0.75% to 3.8645.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

U.S. stocks higher at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average up 0.14%

2017-11-24 21:25 GMT

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology, Basic Materials and Oil&Gas sectors led shares higher.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average added 0.14%, while the S&P 500 index gained 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.32%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Visa Inc (NYSE:V), which rose 1.04% or 1.15 points to trade at 111.97 at the close. Meanwhile, DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) added 0.79% or 0.56 points to end at 71.16 and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) was up 0.61% or 1.29 points to 212.51 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Caterpillar Inc (NYSE:CAT), which fell 0.45% or 0.62 points to trade at 137.39 at the close. American Express Company (NYSE:AXP) declined 0.36% or 0.34 points to end at 93.48 and JPMorgan Chase&Co (NYSE:JPM) was down 0.32% or 0.32 points to 98.32.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc (NYSE:DVA) which rose 3.18% to 57.15, Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) which was up 2.58% to settle at 1186.00 and Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) which gained 2.55% to close at 282.38.

The worst performers were Signet Jewelers Ltd (NYSE:SIG) which was down 6.06% to 49.80 in late trade, Scana Corporation (NYSE:SCG) which lost 3.75% to settle at 41.86 and Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) which was down 2.80% to 55.88 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Marathon Patent Group Inc (NASDAQ:MARA) which rose 171.69% to 5.950, US Global Investors Inc (NASDAQ:GROW) which was up 59.42% to settle at 4.910 and Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ:RIOT) which gained 47.59% to close at 23.6000.

The worst performers were Global Brokerage Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GLBR) which was down 29.12% to 0.41 in late trade, Medigus Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:MDGS) which lost 24.66% to settle at 1.680 and Integrated Media Technology Ltd (NASDAQ:IMTE) which was down 18.74% to 8.13 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1847 to 1155 and 132 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1398 rose and 1108 declined, while 129 ended unchanged.

Shares in Amazon.com Inc (NASDAQ:AMZN) rose to all time highs; up 2.58% or 29.84 to 1186.00. Shares in Broadcom Ltd (NASDAQ:AVGO) rose to all time highs; rising 2.55% or 7.01 to 282.38. Shares in Global Brokerage Inc Class A (NASDAQ:GLBR) fell to all time lows; losing 29.12% or 0.17 to 0.41. Shares in US Global Investors Inc (NASDAQ:GROW) rose to 3-years highs; rising 59.42% or 1.830 to 4.910. Shares in Medigus Ltd ADR (NASDAQ:MDGS) fell to 52-week lows; down 24.66% or 0.550 to 1.680. Shares in Riot Blockchain Inc (NASDAQ:RIOT) rose to 3-years highs; rising 47.59% or 7.6100 to 23.6000.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was down 2.13% to 9.67.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.32% or 4.16 to $1288.04 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.64% or 0.95 to hit $58.97 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.33 to trade at $63.88 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1936, while USD/JPY rose 0.31% to 111.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.21%

2017-11-24 21:25 GMT

Investing.com – Canada stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the IT, Clean Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite gained 0.21%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Trican Well Service Ltd . (TO:TCW), which rose 4.35% or 0.200 points to trade at 4.800 at the close. Meanwhile, Alacer Gold Corp (TO:ASR) added 3.24% or 0.070 points to end at 2.230 and Cascades Inc . (TO:CAS) was up 2.78% or 0.34 points to 12.59 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were NexGen Energy Ltd. (TO:NXE), which fell 3.92% or 0.130 points to trade at 3.190 at the close. Alamos Gold Inc (TO:AGI) declined 3.50% or 0.31 points to end at 8.55 and Tahoe Resources Inc (TO:THO) was down 3.04% or 0.18 points to 5.75.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 612 to 429 and 177 ended unchanged.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 9.60% to 9.02.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.32% or 4.16 to $1288.04 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.64% or 0.95 to hit $58.97 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.52% or 0.33 to trade at $63.88 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.05% to 0.7868, while CAD/EUR fell 0.65% to 0.6593.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

Top 5 Things That Moved Markets This Past Week

2017-11-24 21:07 GMT

Investing.com – Take a peek at the top 5 things that rocked U.S. markets this week.

Fed members concerned by market rally

The minutes of the Federal Reserve’s Oct. 31 – Nov. 1 meeting showed Fed members raised concerns about the impact on the economy should the trend of rapidly rising asset prices reverse.

“… several participants expressed concerns about a potential buildup of financial imbalances," the minutes stated.

On the monetary policy front, however, the minutes did little to suggest that the widely expected December rate hike was at risk as several officials expected that interest rates will have to be raised in the “near term”.

The dollar fell to a weekly loss, pressured by strong gains in both the euro and sterling.

Dow Jones rebounded from a two-week slump

In what was a shortened week for US stocks amid the Thanksgiving holiday, retailers got a bid, pushing the broader market higher, on expectations that strong seasonal-holiday promotions would boost sales and revenue.

Also supporting the rally was a surge in tech stocks as investors remained optimistic that tax reform would boost economic growth, however, uncertainty that tax reforms would be passed before year-end capped gains.

The dow jones snapped a two-week losing streak to close higher at 23,557.99.

Gold prices ended two-week winning streak

Gold prices struggled to pare losses sustained on Monday, posting a weekly loss for the first time in three weeks amid renewed risk-on sentiment and falling geopolitical uncertainty.

Some analysts, however, warned that gold prices could rebound as the somewhat dovish Federal Reserve minutes lowered expectations for a March rate hike.

According to investing.com’s fed rate monitor tool, 39% of traders expect the Fed to hike rates in March compared to 45% in the previous week.

Gold prices fell to $1,287.83, down 0.33% on Friday.

The euro shrugged off German coalition uncertainty

Political uncertainty swept across Germany on Monday, after talks to form the country's next government collapsed overnight, raising questions about the future leadership of position of Angela Merkel.

The uncertainty surrounding the future leadership position of German chancellor Angela Markel was short-lived, however, as Germany’s Social Democrats said it would consider talks with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party to form a government.

EUR/USD rose 0.69% to $1.1934 on Friday.

Crude oil prices settled above 2-year highs

Crude oil prices settled above two-year highs on Friday supported by tighter supplies amid ongoing disruption to the Keystone pipeline, while a report suggesting OPEC and Russia agreed on a plan to extend output curbs lifted sentiment.

After days of talks, Moscow and Riyadh now agree they should announce an additional period of cuts at the Nov. 30 meeting, Bloomberg reported, citing people involved in the conversations.

The report of a potential OPEC-Russia agreement on an outline to extend the accord comes amid weeks of uncertainty as to whether Russia would agree to extend output cuts as fears that major oil producers who are not part of the pact will ramp up output to gain market share.

U.S. crude production rose to a weekly record of 9.66 million bpd, the Energy Information Agency said Wednesday.

Crude oil prices for December delivery rose 1.6% to settle at $58.95 on Friday.

Brazil stocks lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 0.44%

2017-11-24 20:30 GMT

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

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa lost 0.44%.

The best performers of the session on the Bovespa were Cyrela Brazil Realty SA (SA:CYRE3), which rose 2.46% or 0.31 points to trade at 12.91 at the close. Meanwhile, TAESA UNT N2 (SA:TAEE11) added 2.17% or 0.45 points to end at 21.15 and Braskem SA (SA:BRKM5) was up 1.86% or 0.88 points to 48.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were CEMIG - Companhia Energetica Minas Gerais Pref (SA:CMIG4), which fell 2.82% or 0.20 points to trade at 6.90 at the close. Natura Cosmeticos SA (SA:NATU3) declined 2.73% or 0.87 points to end at 31.00 and BRF SA (SA:BRFS3) was down 2.04% or 0.84 points to 40.37.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange by 206 to 177 and 40 ended unchanged.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was up 1.81% to 33.19.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.32% or 4.16 to $1288.04 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.64% or 0.95 to hit $58.97 a barrel, while the March US coffee C contract rose 0.17% or 0.22 to trade at $127.22 .

USD/BRL was up 0.37% to 3.2338, while EUR/BRL rose 1.02% to 3.8571.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

Colombia stocks lower at close of trade; COLCAP down 0.11%

2017-11-24 20:20 GMT

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

At the close in Colombia, the COLCAP declined 0.11%.

The best performers of the session on the COLCAP were Celsia SA (CN:CEL), which rose 0.98% or 45.0 points to trade at 4650.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Bcolombia (CN:BIC) added 0.42% or 120.0 points to end at 28900.0 and Corporacion Financiera Colombiana SA (CN:CFV) was up 0.41% or 120.0 points to 29060.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Conconcret (CN:CIC), which fell 1.96% or 20.0 points to trade at 1000.0 at the close. Cemargos (CN:CCB) declined 1.66% or 180.0 points to end at 10680.0 and Cemex Latam Holdings SA (CN:CLH) was down 1.60% or 180.0 points to 11060.0.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Colombia Stock Exchange by 17 to 11 and 3 ended unchanged.

US coffee C for March delivery was up 0.17% or 0.22 to $127.22 . Elsewhere in commodities trading, US cocoa for delivery in March fell 0.73% or 15.50 to hit $2103.50 , while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.32% or 4.16 to trade at $1288.04 a troy ounce.

USD/COP was up 0.03% to 2976.93, while BRL/COP fell 0.34% to 920.59.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.34% at 92.72.

Bitcoin Gold Surges 41%; Ethereum Soars to All-Time Highs

2017-11-24 19:20 GMT

Investing.com – Bitcoin traded higher on Friday, as bullish sentiment on the digital currency continued, while Ethereum surged to an all-time high after billionaire investor Mike Novogratz said that ether would hit $500 by the end of the year.

On the U.S.-based Bitfinex exchange, bitcoin rose to $8281.6, up $292.7, or 1.24% after rising to an all-time high of $8380 on Tuesday. Bitcoin’s market cap rose to $138 billion.

The positive optimism on bitcoin comes amid signs of rising institutional demand as JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) said on Tuesday, it was considering whether to provide its clients access to a bitcoin futures following the CME Group’s announcement on Sunday to introduce bitcoin futures before the end of the year.

"Effective Sunday[,] 10 December 2017 for trade date Monday[,] 11 December 2017, and pending all relevant regulatory review periods, please be advised that CME will launch Bitcoin Futures." The CME Group (NASDAQ:CME) noted on its website.

Ethereum, the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, rose 10.59% to $448.09 after rising to an all-time high of $468 after billionaire investor Mike Novogratz predicted that ether would hit $500 by the end of the year.

Bitcoin cash surged 3.26% to $1,696.70, while bitcoin gold rose 41.77% to $393 as investors cheered news that cryptocurrency exchanges Bithumb and Bitfinex, launched trading of Bitcoin gold.

Crude Prices Settle Higher as OPEC, Russia Reportedly Agree on Plan to Extend Cuts

2017-11-24 19:07 GMT

Investing.com – Crude oil prices settled higher on Friday supported by tighter supplies amid ongoing disruption to the Keystone pipeline, while a report suggesting OPEC and Russia agreed on a plan to extend output curbs lifted sentiment.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for December delivery rose 1.6% to settle at $58.95 a barrel, while on London's Intercontinental Exchange, Brent gained 0.58% to trade at $63.90 a barrel.

Crude oil prices settled at above two-year highs as the disruption to the Keystone pipeline connecting Canada’s Alberta oil sands to U.S. refineries continued to limit supplies. The line was shut last week following a 5,000-barrel spill in South Dakota.

Ahead of the OPEC Nov. 30 meeting, investors cheered a report suggesting OPEC and Russia agreed on a plan framework to extend output cuts beyond March.

After days of talks, Moscow and Riyadh now agree they should announce an additional period of cuts at the Nov. 30 meeting, Bloomberg reported, citing people involved in the conversations.

The OPEC-led production cuts have been one of the key catalyst supporting the recent rally in oil prices amid expectations that rebalancing in oil markets are well underway.

The report of a potential OPEC-Russia agreement on plans to extend the accord comes amid weeks of uncertainty about whether Russia would agree to extend output cuts amid fears that major oil producers who are not part of the pact will ramp up output to gain market share.

U.S. crude production rose to weekly record of 9.66 million bpd, the Energy Information Agency said Wednesday.

Gold Prices Snap 2-Week Winning Streak as US Treasuries Rebound

2017-11-24 18:46 GMT

Investing.com – Gold prices fell on Friday as investors appeared to take profit on recent gains, while German geopolitical uncertainty eased supporting an uptick in US Treasury yields which weighed on sentiment.

Gold futures for December delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by $4.42, or 0.34%, to $1287.74 a troy ounce.

Gold prices struggled to pare losses sustained earlier the week snapping a two-week winning streak on Friday amid falling geopolitical uncertainty and profit taking.

The uncertainty surrounding the future leadership position of German chancellor Angela Markel eased after Germany’s Social Democrats said it would consider talks with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party to form a government.

“The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is firmly convinced that talks have to take place. The SPD is not closed to talks,” Hubertus Heil, the general secretary, said early on Friday.

Easing geopolitical turmoil boosted United States 10-Year to session highs, capping upside momentum in the precious metal.

Gold is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates, which lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion.

In other precious metal trade, silver futures fell 0.61% to $17.08 a troy ounce, while platinum futures added 0.46% to $945.05.

Copper traded at $3.18, up 1.21% while natural gas fell by 4.78% to $2.83.

Nasdaq, S&P 500 Close at Record Highs as Tech, Retailers Rally

2017-11-24 18:14 GMT

Investing.com – US stocks closed higher on Friday, amid expectations that a strong holiday season would boost top-line growth of retailers.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed higher at 23,557.99. The S&P 500 closed 0.21% higher while the Nasdaq Composite closed at 6889.16, up 0.32%.

Adobe said it expects that spending increased 17% year-on-year increase in spending on Thursday.

That added to expectations that the retailers and tech companies are set to benefit from a boost to top-line growth as the seasonal shopping spree gets underway.

Shares of Walmart (NYSE:WMT) Macy’s and Kohl’s closed in positive, while Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) closed nearly 2% higher.

On the political front uncertainty whether the government would be able to pass corporate tax cuts before year-end as reports of a Republican internal clash over expiring tax cuts weighed on upside moment.

'Bulls and Bears' on Wall Street

The top Dow gainers for the session: Visa up 1%, DowDuPont Inc (NYSE:DWDP) up 0.8% and UnitedHealth Group Incorporated (NYSE:UNH) up 0.6%

Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) down 0.4%, American Express (NYSE:AXP) down 0.4% and JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:JPM) down 0.3%, were among the worst Dow performers of the session.

Dollar Slumps as EUR/USD Soars to 1-Month High

2017-11-24 17:50 GMT

Investing.com – The dollar fell sharply against a basket of major currencies after the euro strengthened amid easing German geopolitical uncertainty as Germany’s Social Democrats said it would consider talks with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party to form a government.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, fell by 0.39% to 92.68.

“The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is firmly convinced that talks have to take place. The SPD is not closed to talks,” Hubertus Heil, the general secretary, said early on Friday.

The announcement eased days of uncertainty surrounding the future of the Angela Merkel after she announced Monday that she failed to form the country’s next government.

EUR/USD rose to 0.68% to $1.1932, while EUR/GBP rose 0.56% to £0.8952 as data showed confidence among German businesses topped expectations.

GBP/USD rose 0.14% to $1.3227, while USD/JPY made strong gains, rising 0.30% to Y111.56 as investor appetite for riskier assets continued, reducing demand for safe-haven yen.

USD/CAD fell 0.02% to C$1.2712 on the back of an uptick in the Canadian dollar amid bullish oil prices.

Portugal stocks lower at close of trade; PSI 20 down 0.50%

2017-11-24 17:45 GMT

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

At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 lost 0.50%.

The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Sonae Capital (LS:SONAC), which rose 2.38% or 0.0200 points to trade at 0.8600 at the close. Meanwhile, J. Martins SGPS (LS:JMT) added 0.74% or 0.1200 points to end at 16.2400 and Ibersol SGPS (LS:IBS) was up 0.17% or 0.020 points to 12.120 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Pharol SGPS SA (LS:PHRA), which fell 5.87% or 0.0220 points to trade at 0.3530 at the close. Altri SGPS (LS:ALSS) declined 2.69% or 0.1400 points to end at 5.0590 and REN (LS:RENE) was down 2.05% or 0.0510 points to 2.4380.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 22 to 14 and 2 ended unchanged.

Brent oil for January delivery was up 0.27% or 0.17 to $63.72 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.45% or 0.84 to hit $58.86 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.37% or 4.82 to trade at $1287.38 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.1930, while EUR/GBP rose 0.53% to 0.8950.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 92.69.

Finland stocks higher at close of trade; OMX Helsinki 25 up 0.02%

2017-11-24 17:30 GMT

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

At the close in Helsinki, the OMX Helsinki 25 gained 0.02%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Helsinki 25 were Cargotec Oyj (HE:CGCBV), which rose 1.22% or 0.58 points to trade at 48.06 at the close. Meanwhile, Huhtamaki Oyj (HE:HUH1V) added 0.90% or 0.33 points to end at 36.96 and Valmt (HE:VALMT) was up 0.81% or 0.13 points to 16.25 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Outotec Oyj (HE:OTE1V), which fell 0.90% or 0.060 points to trade at 6.630 at the close. Metso Oyj (HE:METSO) declined 0.53% or 0.16 points to end at 30.09 and Kesko Oyj (HE:KESKOB) was down 0.47% or 0.20 points to 42.66.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Helsinki Stock Exchange by 70 to 67 and 21 ended unchanged.

Brent oil for January delivery was up 0.22% or 0.14 to $63.69 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.45% or 0.84 to hit $58.86 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.52 to trade at $1287.68 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.1930, while EUR/GBP rose 0.55% to 0.8952.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 92.69.

Netherlands stocks lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.13%

2017-11-24 17:35 GMT

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

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX fell 0.13%.

The best performers of the session on the AEX were ABN AMRO Group NV (AS:ABNd), which rose 1.36% or 0.34 points to trade at 24.99 at the close. Meanwhile, ING Groep NV (AS:INGA) added 0.79% or 0.120 points to end at 15.295 and NN Group NV (AS:NN) was up 0.37% or 0.13 points to 35.38 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Altice NV (AS:ATCA), which fell 4.74% or 0.37 points to trade at 7.48 at the close. Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS:VOPA) declined 1.76% or 0.61 points to end at 34.25 and Gemalto (AS:GTO) was down 1.65% or 0.55 points to 32.84.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 68 to 51 and 6 ended unchanged.

Shares in Altice NV (AS:ATCA) fell to 3-years lows; down 4.74% or 0.37 to 7.48. Shares in Koninklijke Vopak NV (AS:VOPA) fell to 3-years lows; falling 1.76% or 0.61 to 34.25.

The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 0.63% to 11.28.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.45% or 0.84 to $58.86 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.22% or 0.14 to hit $63.69 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.50 to trade at $1287.70 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.1930, while EUR/GBP rose 0.55% to 0.8952.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 92.69.

France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.20%

2017-11-24 17:35 GMT

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

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.20%, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.14%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Atos SE (PA:ATOS), which rose 1.72% or 2.16 points to trade at 127.16 at the close. Meanwhile, Societe Generale (PA:SOGN) added 1.53% or 0.66 points to end at 43.51 and Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR) was up 1.44% or 0.200 points to 14.125 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI), which fell 2.54% or 0.58 points to trade at 22.49 at the close. Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA:SGOB) declined 0.89% or 0.43 points to end at 48.68 and Engie SA (PA:ENGIE) was down 0.38% or 0.06 points to 14.46.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were GTT (PA:GTT) which rose 1.78% to 45.85, Atos SE (PA:ATOS) which was up 1.72% to settle at 127.16 and Nexity (PA:NEXI) which gained 1.57% to close at 50.49.

The worst performers were Genfit (PA:GNFT) which was down 2.64% to 22.500 in late trade, TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI) which lost 2.54% to settle at 22.49 and Neopost (PA:NPOS) which was down 1.93% to 27.49 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 306 to 284 and 101 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.96% to 11.65.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.35% or 4.50 to $1287.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.47% or 0.85 to hit $58.87 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.22% or 0.14 to trade at $63.69 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.68% to 1.1931, while EUR/GBP rose 0.55% to 0.8952.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 92.69.

Spain stocks higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.21%

2017-11-24 17:35 GMT

Investing.com – Spain stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Financial Services&Real Estate, Consumer Goods and Telecoms&IT sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 rose 0.21%.

The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Bankia SA (MC:BKIA), which rose 1.57% or 0.061 points to trade at 3.938 at the close. Meanwhile, Indra A (MC:IDR) added 1.53% or 0.180 points to end at 11.930 and Caixabank SA (MC:CABK) was up 1.21% or 0.047 points to 3.950 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Endesa (MC:ELE), which fell 1.34% or 0.255 points to trade at 18.785 at the close. Acciona (MC:ANA) declined 1.28% or 0.880 points to end at 67.840 and Grifols SA (MC:GRLS) was down 1.14% or 0.285 points to 24.720.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 94 to 84 and 19 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.35% or 4.48 to $1287.72 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.47% or 0.85 to hit $58.87 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.22% or 0.14 to trade at $63.69 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.1930, while EUR/GBP rose 0.54% to 0.8951.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 92.69.

Denmark stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Copenhagen 20 down 0.51%

2017-11-24 17:35 GMT

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

At the close in Copenhagen, the OMX Copenhagen 20 fell 0.51%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Copenhagen 20 were AP Moeller - Maersk A/S B (CO:MAERSKb), which rose 2.56% or 260 points to trade at 10400 at the close. Meanwhile, AP Moeller - Maersk A/S A (CO:MAERSKa) added 1.83% or 180 points to end at 10030 and DSV (CO:DSV) was up 0.64% or 3.1 points to 484.1 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were FLSmidth&Co. (CO:FLS), which fell 4.77% or 17.0 points to trade at 339.5 at the close. Lundbeck A/S (CO:LUN) declined 2.18% or 7.5 points to end at 336.3 and Novozymes A/S B (CO:NZYMb) was down 1.81% or 6.3 points to 342.5.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange by 80 to 33 and 17 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.47% or 0.85 to $58.87 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.22% or 0.14 to hit $63.69 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.34% or 4.42 to trade at $1287.78 a troy ounce.

USD/DKK was down 0.68% to 6.2378, while EUR/DKK unchanged 0.00% to 7.4425.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.39% at 92.68.

Belgium stocks higher at close of trade; BEL 20 up 0.18%

2017-11-24 17:20 GMT

Investing.com – Belgium stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials, Technology and Basic Materials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 rose 0.18%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were KBC (BR:KBC), which rose 1.50% or 1.020 points to trade at 69.020 at the close. Meanwhile, Umicore SA (BR:UMI) added 1.41% or 0.55 points to end at 39.24 and ING Groep NV (AS:INGA) was up 0.79% or 0.120 points to 15.295 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were UCB (BR:UCB), which fell 1.45% or 0.91 points to trade at 61.64 at the close. Ackermans V.Haaren (BR:ACKB) declined 0.84% or 1.25 points to end at 148.15 and Telenet Group (BR:TNET) was down 0.72% or 0.43 points to 58.99.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 55 to 54 and 14 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.32% or 4.19 to $1288.01 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.47% or 0.85 to hit $58.87 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.16% or 0.10 to trade at $63.65 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1936, while EUR/GBP rose 0.57% to 0.8954.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Poland stocks lower at close of trade; WIG30 down 0.80%

2017-11-24 17:10 GMT

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

At the close in Warsaw, the WIG30 declined 0.80%.

The best performers of the session on the WIG30 were Jastrzebska Spotka Weglowa SA (WA:JSW), which rose 0.95% or 0.88 points to trade at 93.32 at the close. Meanwhile, Grupa Lotos SA (WA:LTSP) added 0.84% or 0.52 points to end at 62.50 and ING Bank Śląski SA (WA:INGP) was up 0.69% or 1.40 points to 204.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Polski Koncern Naftowy ORLEN SA (WA:PKN), which fell 1.98% or 2.42 points to trade at 119.50 at the close. Alior Bank SA (WA:ALRR) declined 1.83% or 1.37 points to end at 73.55 and Bank Zachodni WBK SA (WA:BZW) was down 1.76% or 6.85 points to 381.65.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Warsaw Stock Exchange by 257 to 241 and 180 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.41% or 0.82 to $58.84 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.11% or 0.07 to hit $63.62 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.30% or 3.83 to trade at $1288.37 a troy ounce.

EUR/PLN was unchanged 0.00% to 4.2076, while USD/PLN fell 0.71% to 3.5249.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 92.65.

Nigeria stocks higher at close of trade; NSE 30 up 1.53%

2017-11-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – Nigeria stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Food, Beverages&Tobacco, Banking and Insurance sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Lagos, the NSE 30 added 1.53%.

The best performers of the session on the NSE 30 were Dangsugar (LAGOS:DANGSUG), which rose 9.11% or 1.44 points to trade at 17.24 at the close. Meanwhile, Fidelitybk (LAGOS:FIDELIT) added 4.29% or 0.070 points to end at 1.700 and Stanbicibtc Hl (LAGOS:IBTC) was up 3.68% or 1.49 points to 40.50 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Access Bank (LAGOS:ACCESS), which fell 2.30% or 0.23 points to trade at 9.76 at the close. Pz Cussons LG (LAGOS:PZ) declined 1.79% or 0.42 points to end at 23.00 and Diamond Bank (LAGOS:DIAMONB) was down 1.69% or 0.020 points to 1.160.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lagos by 32 to 27 and 30 ended unchanged.

Shares in Dangsugar (LAGOS:DANGSUG) rose to 5-year highs; gaining 9.11% or 1.44 to 17.24. Shares in Fidelitybk (LAGOS:FIDELIT) rose to 52-week highs; up 4.29% or 0.070 to 1.700.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.41% or 0.82 to $58.84 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.09% or 0.06 to hit $63.61 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.30% or 3.84 to trade at $1288.36 a troy ounce.

EUR/NGN was up 0.09% to 426.840, while USD/NGN unchanged 0.00% to 360.000.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Germany stocks mixed at close of trade; DAX up 0.39%

2017-11-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – Germany stocks were mixed after the close on Friday, as gains in the Chemicals, Insurance and Software sectors led shares higher while losses in the Consumer&Cyclical, Pharmaceuticals&Healthcare and Construction sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX added 0.39%, while the MDAX index climbed 0.07%, and the TecDAX index lost 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the DAX were BASF SE NA O.N. (DE:BASFN), which rose 2.91% or 2.690 points to trade at 95.100 at the close. Meanwhile, Continental AG O.N. (DE:CONG) added 1.33% or 2.85 points to end at 216.90 and Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE:VOWG_p) was up 1.01% or 1.70 points to 169.45 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fresenius SE&Co KGAA O.N. (DE:FREG), which fell 1.11% or 0.680 points to trade at 60.760 at the close. Adidas AG (DE:ADSGN) declined 0.96% or 1.75 points to end at 180.00 and Merck KGaA (DE:MRCG) was down 0.72% or 0.65 points to 89.15.

The top performers on the MDAX were Osram Licht AG (F:OSRn) which rose 1.82% to 71.218, Zalando SE (DE:ZALG) which was up 1.34% to settle at 42.85 and Covestro AG (DE:1COV) which gained 1.28% to close at 85.420.

The worst performers were Steinhoff International Holdings NV (DE:SNHG) which was down 2.24% to 3.32 in late trade, Salzgitter AG (DE:SZGG) which lost 1.34% to settle at 43.410 and Leoni AG (DE:LEOGn) which was down 0.87% to 61.200 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Medigene NA O.N. (DE:MDG1k) which rose 2.70% to 11.985, Nordex SE O.N. (DE:NDXG) which was up 2.59% to settle at 7.850 and Cancom SE O.N. (DE:COKG) which gained 1.81% to close at 68.500.

The worst performers were Slm Solution G (DE:AM3D) which was down 1.75% to 43.63 in late trade, Morphosys AG O.N. (DE:MORG) which lost 1.67% to settle at 79.970 and Adva Optical Networking SE (DE:ADAG) which was down 1.39% to 6.041 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 376 to 366 and 48 ended unchanged.

Shares in Fresenius SE&Co KGAA O.N. (DE:FREG) fell to 52-week lows; losing 1.11% or 0.680 to 60.760. Shares in Merck KGaA (DE:MRCG) fell to 52-week lows; down 0.72% or 0.65 to 89.15. Shares in Covestro AG (DE:1COV) rose to all time highs; rising 1.28% or 1.080 to 85.420. Shares in Cancom SE O.N. (DE:COKG) rose to all time highs; up 1.81% or 1.220 to 68.500.

The DAX volatility index, which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 1.20% to 13.37.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.30% or 3.83 to $1288.37 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.41% or 0.82 to hit $58.84 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.08% or 0.05 to trade at $63.60 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1936, while EUR/GBP rose 0.60% to 0.8956.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

U.K. stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.12%

2017-11-24 17:15 GMT

Investing.com – U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil Equipment Services&Distribution, Fixed Line Telecommunications and Electrical sectors led shares lower.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 declined 0.12%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Paddy Power Betfair PLC (LON:PPB), which rose 3.22% or 275.00 points to trade at 8810.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Tui AG (LON:TUIT) added 1.80% or 24.00 points to end at 1356.00 and 3I Group PLC (LON:III) was up 1.70% or 15.50 points to 929.50 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Persimmon PLC (LON:PSN), which fell 3.58% or 95.00 points to trade at 2556.00 at the close. Barratt Developments PLC (LON:BDEV) declined 3.30% or 20.50 points to end at 600.50 and Capita PLC (LON:CPI) was down 2.93% or 14.10 points to 467.30.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1031 to 968 and 151 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.30% or 3.94 to $1288.26 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.40% or 0.81 to hit $58.83 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.06% or 0.04 to trade at $63.59 a barrel.

GBP/USD was up 0.14% to 1.3327, while EUR/GBP rose 0.58% to 0.8955.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.40% at 92.67.

Sweden stocks higher at close of trade; OMX Stockholm 30 up 0.13%

2017-11-24 17:05 GMT

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

At the close in Stockholm, the OMX Stockholm 30 added 0.13%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Stockholm 30 were Swedbank AB ser A (ST:SWEDa), which rose 1.03% or 2.0 points to trade at 196.9 at the close. Meanwhile, Svenska Handelsbanken AB A (ST:SHBa) added 0.98% or 1.1 points to end at 113.0 and AB SKF B (ST:SKFb) was up 0.86% or 1.6 points to 187.6 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Fingerprint Cards AB ser. B (ST:FINGb), which fell 7.39% or 1.43 points to trade at 17.92 at the close. Lundin Petroleum AB (ST:LUPE) declined 2.11% or 4.40 points to end at 204.00 and SSAB AB ser. A (ST:SSABa) was down 1.57% or 0.63 points to 39.58.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Stockholm Stock Exchange by 333 to 262 and 72 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.34% or 0.78 to $58.80 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 to hit $63.55 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.52 to trade at $1287.68 a troy ounce.

EUR/SEK was up 0.48% to 9.8793, while USD/SEK fell 0.22% to 8.2793.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.39% at 92.68.

Russia stocks higher at close of trade; MICEX up 0.59%

2017-11-24 17:05 GMT

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

At the close in Moscow, the MICEX added 0.59%.

The best performers of the session on the MICEX were VTB (MCX:VTBR), which rose 2.22% or 0.0012 points to trade at 0.0534 at the close. Meanwhile, AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX:TRNF_p) added 2.15% or 3900 points to end at 185500 and MTS (MCX:MTSS) was up 1.98% or 5.60 points to 288.70 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were MVideo (MCX:MVID), which fell 4.50% or 17.10 points to trade at 362.90 at the close. Magnit (MCX:MGNT) declined 2.84% or 194.0 points to end at 6635.0 and PIK (MCX:PIKK) was down 2.72% or 8.50 points to 304.50.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 115 to 96 and 25 ended unchanged.

Shares in MVideo (MCX:MVID) fell to 52-week lows; falling 4.50% or 17.10 to 362.90.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MICEX options, was down 2.82% to 18.630.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.35% or 4.53 to $1287.67 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.34% or 0.78 to hit $58.80 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $63.58 a barrel.

USD/RUB was down 0.31% to 58.2642, while EUR/RUB rose 0.37% to 69.5550.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Morocco stocks higher at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares up 0.08%

2017-11-24 17:05 GMT

Investing.com – Morocco stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Hotels, Restaurants&Leisure, Holding Companies and Construction&Building Materials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares rose 0.08%.

The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Risma (CS:RIS), which rose 3.42% or 4.70 points to trade at 142.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Colorado (CS:COL) added 2.83% or 2.36 points to end at 85.79 and Eqdom (CS:EQDM) was up 2.31% or 26 points to 1150 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Med Paper (CS:PAP), which fell 6.22% or 2.30 points to trade at 34.70 at the close. Zellidja S.A (CS:ZELI) declined 5.98% or 11.65 points to end at 183.25 and Involys (CS:INV) was down 4.33% or 6.45 points to 142.55.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 22 to 19 and 6 ended unchanged.

Shares in Eqdom (CS:EQDM) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 2.31% or 26 to 1150.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.34% or 0.78 to $58.80 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.05% or 0.03 to hit $63.58 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.49 to trade at $1287.71 a troy ounce.

EUR/MAD was up 0.53% to 11.2090, while USD/MAD fell 0.24% to 9.3861.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Norway stocks lower at close of trade; Oslo OBX down 0.50%

2017-11-24 17:05 GMT

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

At the close in Oslo, the Oslo OBX fell 0.50%.

The best performers of the session on the Oslo OBX were BW LPG Ltd (OL:BWLPG), which rose 3.23% or 1.06 points to trade at 33.90 at the close. Meanwhile, REC Silicon ASA (OL:REC) added 2.16% or 0.02 points to end at 1.14 and Telenor ASA (OL:TEL) was up 0.38% or 0.7 points to 183.1 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were SalMar ASA (OL:SALM), which fell 4.62% or 11.90 points to trade at 245.60 at the close. Grieg Seafood (OL:GSFO) declined 4.20% or 3.30 points to end at 75.30 and Petroleum Geo - Services ASA (OL:PGS) was down 3.72% or 0.49 points to 12.67.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Oslo Stock Exchange by 97 to 79 and 28 ended unchanged.

Shares in Telenor ASA (OL:TEL) rose to 52-week highs; rising 0.38% or 0.7 to 183.1.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.36% or 0.79 to $58.81 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.08% or 0.05 to hit $63.60 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.35% or 4.53 to trade at $1287.67 a troy ounce.

EUR/NOK was up 0.68% to 9.7066, while USD/NOK fell 0.03% to 8.1327.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Italy stocks higher at close of trade; Investing.com Italy 40 up 0.09%

2017-11-24 16:55 GMT

Investing.com – Italy stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials, Travel&Leisure and Telecoms sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Milan, the Investing.com Italy 40 gained 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com Italy 40 were Bper Banca SpA (MI:EMII), which rose 5.86% or 0.242 points to trade at 4.372 at the close. Meanwhile, Banco Bpm (MI:BAMI) added 4.81% or 0.130 points to end at 2.830 and Mediaset (MI:MS) was up 4.10% or 0.126 points to 3.202 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Saipem SpA (MI:SPMI), which fell 2.72% or 0.0960 points to trade at 3.4280 at the close. Leonardo SpA (MI:LDOF) declined 1.43% or 0.150 points to end at 10.370 and Italgas SpA (MI:IG) was down 1.35% or 0.070 points to 5.130.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Milan Stock Exchange by 202 to 159 and 14 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for January delivery was up 1.50% or 0.87 to $58.89 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in January rose 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $63.67 a barrel, while the December Gold Futures contract fell 0.36% or 4.64 to trade at $1287.56 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was up 0.72% to 1.1936, while EUR/GBP rose 0.54% to 0.8951.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.41% at 92.66.

Forex- Dollar Nears Two-Month Low

2017-11-24 16:51 GMT

Investing.com - The dollar fell to a two-month low against other major currencies as concerns over future Federal Reserve rate hikes weighed on the dollar .

Trade volumes were expected to remain thin with U.S. markets open for only half a day on Friday after the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday.

The greenback came under broad selling pressure after the minutes of the Fed's most recent meeting showed that some policy makers remain concerned over persistently low inflation. While investors have priced in a rate hike for December, concerns remain about the number of hikes in 2018.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was down 0.42% 92.65 by 11: 19 AM ET (4:49 PM GMT), the lowest since September 26.

Elsewhere, EUR/USD rose 0.72% to 1.1936, while GBP/USD inched up 0.26% to trade at 1.3342 and the yen remained lower with USD/JPY rallying 0.28% at 111.53.

German research institute lfo earlier reported that its Business Climate Index rose to 117.5 this month from a reading of 116.7 in October, beating forecasts for a drop to 116.6.

The Australian dollar dipped down, with AUD/USD falling 0.05% to 0.7620, while NZD/USD shed 0.09% to 0.6884.

Greece stocks higher at close of trade; Athens General Composite up 0.31%

2017-11-24 16:15 GMT

Investing.com – Greece stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare, Technology and Financials sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Athens, the Athens General Composite added 0.31%.

The best performers of the session on the Athens General Composite were Hygeia (AT:HYGr), which rose 30.06% or 0.104 points to trade at 0.450 at the close. Meanwhile, Iaso (AT:IASr) added 21.40% or 0.171 points to end at 0.970 and Athens Medical (AT:AMCr) was up 9.32% or 0.110 points to 1.290 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Centric Hold (AT:DESr), which fell 6.15% or 0.008 points to trade at 0.122 at the close. Creta Plastics (AT:PLAKR) declined 4.59% or 0.280 points to end at 6.050 and Ellaktor SA (AT:HELr) was down 3.27% or 0.050 points to 1.480.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Athens Stock Exchange by 65 to 37 and 12 ended unchanged.

Shares in Hygeia (AT:HYGr) rose to 3-years highs; up 30.06% or 0.104 to 0.450.

Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.30% or 3.85 to $1288.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.31% or 0.76 to hit $58.78 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 0.20% or 0.13 to trade at $63.68 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.74% to 1.1939, while EUR/GBP rose 0.45% to 0.8943.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.44% at 92.63.

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