Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.34%
Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities, Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 declined 0.34%.The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG), which rose 1.57% or 1.020 points to trade at 65.850 at the close. Meanwhile, UCB (BR:UCB) added 1.07% or 0.70 points to end at 66.11 and Proximus NV (BR:PROX) was up 1.05% or 0.28 points to 27.38 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Engie SA (PA:ENGIE), which fell 2.98% or 0.35 points to trade at 11.57 at the close. Koninklijke Ahold Delhaize NV (AS:AD) declined 1.01% or 0.20 points to end at 19.59 and Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) was down 0.79% or 0.36 points to 46.12.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 60 to 52 and 7 ended unchanged.Shares in Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG) rose to all time highs; gaining 1.57% or 1.020 to 65.850. Gold for February delivery was down 0.02% or 0.20 to $1185.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 3.07% or 1.56 to hit $52.38 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 3.08% or 1.65 to trade at $55.29 a barrel.EUR/USD was down 0.28% to 1.0526, while EUR/GBP fell 0.08% to 0.8661.The US Dollar Index was up 0.20% at 102.21.