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Peru stocks lower at close of trade; S&P Lima General down 0.45%

June 18, 2018, 09:25

Investing.com – Peru stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Food&Beverages, Banking&Financials and S&P Lima Juniors sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Lima, the S&P Lima General fell 0.45% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the S&P Lima General were Relapasa (LM:REL), which rose 1.66% or 0.004 points to trade at 0.245 at the close. Meanwhile, Trevali Mining (LM:TV) added 1.25% or 0.010 points to end at 0.810 and Bco Continenta (LM:CON) was up 0.87% or 0.040 points to 4.620 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Empresa Agroindustrial Pomalca (LM:POM), which fell 7.69% or 0.010 points to trade at 0.120 at the close. Atacocha (LM:ATB) declined 3.85% or 0.020 points to end at 0.500 and Inretail Peru (LM:INR) was down 1.92% or 0.500 points to 25.500.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lima Stock Exchange by 20 to 6 and 8 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.28% or 0.83 to $65.68 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.04% or 0.03 to hit $75.37 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.10 to trade at $1280.60 a troy ounce.

USD/PEN was down 0.06% to 3.2755, while EUR/PEN rose 0.09% to 3.8075.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.04% at 94.41.

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Mexico stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/BMV IPC down 0.59%

June 18, 2018, 08:29

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

At the close in Mexico, the S&P/BMV IPC fell 0.59%.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/BMV IPC were Megacable Holdings, S.A.B. De C.V. (MX:MEGACPO), which rose 1.92% or 1.610 points to trade at 85.410 at the close. Meanwhile, Grupo Aeroportuario Del CentroNorte (MX:OMAB) added 1.17% or 1.170 points to end at 101.310 and Gentera SAB de CV (MX:GENTERA) was up 0.84% or 0.140 points to 16.820 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Coca Cola Femsa SAB De CV (MX:KOFL), which fell 4.63% or 5.52 points to trade at 113.66 at the close. Becle SA (MX:CUERVO) declined 3.89% or 1.200 points to end at 29.670 and Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico SAB de CV Class B (MX:BSMXB) was down 2.65% or 0.750 points to 27.630.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Mexico Stock Exchange by 207 to 118 and 4 ended unchanged.

Shares in Coca Cola Femsa SAB De CV (MX:KOFL) fell to 52-week lows; down 4.63% or 5.52 to 113.66.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.60 to $1281.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.22% or 0.79 to hit $65.64 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.53% or 1.86 to trade at $75.30 a barrel.

USD/MXN was down 0.49% to 20.5254, while EUR/MXN fell 0.35% to 23.8587.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.03% at 94.42.

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Canada stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite up 0.31%

June 18, 2018, 08:25

Investing.com – Canada stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Energy, Consumer Discretionary and REITs sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite rose 0.31% to hit a new 3-months high.

The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Canada Goose Holdings Inc (TO:GOOS), which rose 9.83% or 7.67 points to trade at 85.68 at the close. Meanwhile, Bombardier Inc (TO:BBDb) added 6.38% or 0.310 points to end at 5.170 and Lucara Diamond Corp (TO:LUC) was up 6.10% or 0.130 points to 2.260 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Baytex Energy Corp (TO:BTE), which fell 12.35% or 0.63 points to trade at 4.47 at the close. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (TO:VRX) declined 12.35% or 4.38 points to end at 31.09 and Raging River Exploration Inc. (TO:RRX) was down 10.03% or 0.63 points to 5.65.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 596 to 485 and 144 ended unchanged.

Shares in Canada Goose Holdings Inc (TO:GOOS) rose to all time highs; rising 9.83% or 7.67 to 85.68. Shares in Bombardier Inc (TO:BBDb) rose to 3-years highs; rising 6.38% or 0.310 to 5.170.

The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was down 2.87% to 12.18.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.60 to $1281.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.23% or 0.80 to hit $65.65 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.46% or 1.81 to trade at $75.25 a barrel.

CAD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7575, while CAD/EUR fell 0.09% to 0.6520.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 94.44.

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Brazil stocks lower at close of trade; Bovespa down 1.31%

June 18, 2018, 08:25

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

At the close in Sao Paulo, the Bovespa declined 1.31% to hit a new 6-months low.

The best performers of the session on the Bovespa were Raia Drogasil SA (SA:RADL3), which rose 2.50% or 1.73 points to trade at 70.90 at the close. Meanwhile, JBS SA (SA:JBSS3) added 2.41% or 0.21 points to end at 8.93 and Cvc Brasil ON (SA:CVCB3) was up 1.97% or 0.83 points to 42.98 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Viavarejo Unt (SA:VVAR11), which fell 4.21% or 0.84 points to trade at 19.12 at the close. RUMO Logistica Operadora Multimodal SA (SA:RAIL3) declined 3.61% or 0.47 points to end at 12.56 and BR Malls Participacoes SA (SA:BRML3) was down 3.61% or 0.34 points to 9.09.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the BM&FBovespa Stock Exchange by 310 to 153 and 28 ended unchanged.

Shares in BR Malls Participacoes SA (SA:BRML3) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.61% or 0.34 to 9.09.

The CBOE Brazil Etf Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Bovespa options, was down 0.12% to 33.86.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.50 to $1281.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.23% or 0.80 to hit $65.65 a barrel, while the September US coffee C contract fell 0.79% or 0.93 to trade at $116.62 .

USD/BRL was up 0.41% to 3.7444, while EUR/BRL rose 0.47% to 4.3507.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 94.44.

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U.S. stocks mixed at close of trade; Dow Jones Industrial Average down 0.41%

June 18, 2018, 08:25

Investing.com – U.S. stocks were mixed after the close on Monday, as gains in the Oil&Gas, Utilities and Technology sectors led shares higher while losses in the Telecoms, Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in NYSE, the Dow Jones Industrial Average declined 0.41%, while the S&P 500 index lost 0.21%, and the NASDAQ Composite index added 0.01%.

The best performers of the session on the Dow Jones Industrial Average were Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), which rose 1.56% or 1.93 points to trade at 125.97 at the close. Meanwhile, Visa Inc (NYSE:V) added 0.81% or 1.10 points to end at 136.20 and Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) was up 0.73% or 0.73 points to 100.86 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC), which fell 3.43% or 1.89 points to trade at 53.22 at the close. Procter&Gamble Company (NYSE:PG) declined 1.99% or 1.54 points to end at 75.84 and Merck&Company Inc (NYSE:MRK) was down 1.68% or 1.04 points to 60.99.

The top performers on the S&P 500 were Cimarex Energy Co (NYSE:XEC) which rose 5.71% to 89.92, Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) which was up 4.71% to settle at 17.110 and Noble Energy Inc (NYSE:NBL) which gained 3.37% to close at 34.98.

The worst performers were Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) which was down 5.22% to 289.12 in late trade, Comcast Corp (NASDAQ:CMCSA) which lost 3.84% to settle at 32.58 and AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC) which was down 3.46% to 91.57 at the close.

The top performers on the NASDAQ Composite were Gevo Inc (NASDAQ:GEVO) which rose 261.82% to 12.7000, Verastem Inc (NASDAQ:VSTM) which was up 31.39% to settle at 8.580 and PTC Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PTCT) which gained 27.51% to close at 47.88.

The worst performers were Catalyst Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:CBIO) which was down 63.92% to 9.110 in late trade, NF Energy Saving Corporation (NASDAQ:NFEC) which lost 24.47% to settle at 2.8400 and Apollo Medical Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:AMEH) which was down 22.16% to 20.13 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the New York Stock Exchange by 1693 to 1360 and 128 ended unchanged; on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange, 1366 rose and 1187 declined, while 122 ended unchanged.

Shares in Advanced Micro Devices Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) rose to 5-year highs; up 4.71% or 0.770 to 17.110. Shares in Verastem Inc (NASDAQ:VSTM) rose to 3-years highs; up 31.39% or 2.050 to 8.580. Shares in PTC Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PTCT) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 27.51% or 10.33 to 47.88.

The CBOE Volatility Index, which measures the implied volatility of S&P 500 options, was up 2.67% to 12.30.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.50 to $1281.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 1.23% or 0.80 to hit $65.65 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 2.46% or 1.81 to trade at $75.25 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.07% to 1.1618, while USD/JPY fell 0.09% to 110.56.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 94.44.

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Day Ahead: Top 3 Things to Watch

June 18, 2018, 08:23

Investing.com - Here’s a preview of the top 3 things that could rock markets tomorrow

1. U.S. Housing Data, U.S. China Trade Spat in Focus

With the U.S.-China trade spat garnering the bulk of investor attention, an update on the U.S. housing market could prove a timely distraction.

The Commerce Department at 08:30 ET is expected to report building permits fell to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.350 million units, while housing starts are forecast to rise 1.4% to 1.310 million units.

A speech by Fed official James Bullard at 7:00AM ET is expected to be scrutinised for further signs U.S. central bank members remain hawkish on monetary policy tightening following the Fed's rate hike last week.

Shares of Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) will likely also also be in focus after the aircraft maker added to last week's slump – the worst since March – on worries over an escalating trade war with China.

China is one Boeing biggest customers - one out of every four Boeing jetliners produced is reportedly delivered to Chinese customers.

The dollar made a subdued start to the week as trade tensions fuelled demand for safe-haven currencies like the USD/JPY and USD/CHF.

2. API Data Eyed Ahead of OPEC Meeting

A fresh batch of crude oil inventory data from the American Petroleum Institute (API) due Tuesday will be monitored to establish whether the draw in U.S. crude inventories can continue for the second straight week.

The American Petroleum Institute reported last Tuesday crude oil stockpiles rose by 0.833 million barrels. That was in sharp contrast to the Energy Information Administration's report showing crude supplies fell by 2.101 million barrels.

Oil prices were in rebound mode on Monday amid a report that OPEC was considering a modest output hike to placate both Russia's demands for a large increase in production and Iran's view that output curbs should remain in place.

Crude oil futures on Monday settled 1.30% higher at $65.69 a barrel.

3. Bitcoin Bounce Nears Key Test

Bitcoin sprung to life in late afternoon U.S trade, hitting a nearly one week high amid a report Square (NYSE:SQ)'s Cash app was approved for crypto trading.

New York's Department of Financial Services Monday granted a virtual currency license, or so-called BitLicense, to Square's Cash app, allowing users to buy and sell bitcoin instantly.

Bitcoin (BitfinexUSD) rose 3.18% to $6,706 on the Bitfinex exchange and looked set for test for a test of $7,800, which some crypto observers have recently identified as resistance – price levels that trigger selling. A significant push above this level could trigger further fund inflows, supporting a move higher in the popular crypto.

The total market cap of cryptocurrencies rose to about $287 billion, at the time of writing, from about $268 billion last week.

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Colombia stocks higher at close of trade; COLCAP up 0.93%

June 18, 2018, 08:15

Investing.com – Colombia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Financials, Industrials and Public Services sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Colombia, the COLCAP gained 0.93%.

The best performers of the session on the COLCAP were Bcolombia (CN:BIC), which rose 3.27% or 1080.0 points to trade at 34100.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Bancolombia Pf (CN:BIC_p1) added 2.41% or 820.0 points to end at 34800.0 and Banco De Bogota SA (CN:BBO) was up 2.25% or 1520.0 points to 68980.0 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Etb (CN:ETB), which fell 1.78% or 7.0 points to trade at 387.0 at the close. Cementos Argos Pf (CN:CCB_p) declined 0.85% or 70.0 points to end at 8120.0 and Grupo Aval Acciones y Valores SA Pref (CN:GAA_p) was down 0.81% or 10.0 points to 1230.0.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Colombia Stock Exchange by 16 to 6 and 5 ended unchanged.

US coffee C for September delivery was down 0.79% or 0.93 to $116.62 . Elsewhere in commodities trading, US cocoa for delivery in September fell 1.53% or 38.50 to hit $2480.50 , while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.20% or 2.50 to trade at $1281.00 a troy ounce.

USD/COP was up 1.00% to 2923.50, while BRL/COP rose 0.75% to 781.75.

The US Dollar Index Futures was unchanged 0.00% at 94.45.

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Crude Oil Prices Settle Higher as OPEC Reportedly Mulls Modest Output Hike

June 18, 2018, 06:42

Investing.com – WTI crude oil prices settled higher Monday as traders cheered a report suggesting the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was considering an output hike well below levels many had initially feared.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange crude futures for July delivery rose 1.30% to settle at $65.69 a barrel, while on London's Intercontinental Exchange, Brent rose 2.2% to trade at $75.08 a barrel.

Members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) are discussing an agreement that would raise oil output by 300,000 to 600,000 barrels a day (bpd) over the next few months, Bloomberg reported, citing people briefed on the talks.

That is well below the 1.5 million bpd uptick in production touted a few weeks ago, reducing investor fears of a significant slowdown in rebalancing in oil markets, which could potentially hurt oil prices.

The discussions come as OPEC attempts to placate opposing demands from its members and Russia. Russia favours a large output hike, while other OPEC members including Iraq and Iran believe production should be maintained as oil prices still need to be supported.

OPEC and its allies' 1.8 million (bpd) production-cut agreement agreed in November 2016 has played a key role in ridding the market of excess crude supplies. The OPEC-led deal is expected to come under review at the oil-cartel's meeting later this week.

Some analysts said they expect the focus of the OPEC meeting will be on replacing the drop in Venezuelan crude output as the country's energy sector has come under heavy pressure amid U.S. sanctions.

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Gold Prices Make Timid Start to Week Despite Sloppy Dollar

June 18, 2018, 05:47

Investing.com – Gold prices rose modestly as the U.S. dollar remained flat against its rivals and rising U.S.-China trade tensions fuelled investor appetite for safe-haven gold.

Gold futures for August delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange rose by $1.50 or 0.12%, to $1,280.20 a troy ounce.

Following its biggest one-day slump since November 2016, gold prices made a timid start to the week as traders weighed the prospect of further dollar upside against rising trade-war tensions between the U.S. and China.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.06% to 94.50.

Dollar-denominated assets such as gold are sensitive to moves in the dollar – A rise in the dollar makes gold more expensive for holders of foreign currency and thus, reduces demand for the precious metal.

Some market participants have also blamed the recent slump in gold prices on a breach of a key technical level around $1,307 last week, citing a further breach of price levels near the $1,270 zone would trigger a wave of selling.

Yet investor demand for the yellow metal appears to have returned as data last week showed traders resumed their bullish bets on safe-haven gold.

CFTC COT data data last week showed speculative net long positions on gold increased to 64,572 from 58,066 last week.

In other precious metal trade, silver futures fell 0.06% to $16.47 a troy ounce, while platinum futures fell 0.44% at $883.90 an ounce.

Copper lost 0.94% to $3.12.

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Nigeria stocks lower at close of trade; NSE 30 unchanged

June 18, 2018, 05:15

Investing.com – Nigeria stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as in the sectors led shares .

At the close in Lagos, the NSE 30 unchanged 0.00%.

The best performers of the session on the NSE 30 were Zenithbank (LAGOS:ZENITHB), which unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to trade at 26.35 at the close. Meanwhile, Dangote Flour Mills PLC (LAGOS:DANGFLOUR) unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to end at 10.25 and Dangsugar (LAGOS:DANGSUG) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to 19.45 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Zenithbank (LAGOS:ZENITHB), which unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to trade at 26.35 at the close. Dangote Flour Mills PLC (LAGOS:DANGFLOUR) unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to end at 10.25 and Dangsugar (LAGOS:DANGSUG) was 0.00% or 0.00 points to 19.45.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Lagos by 0 to 0.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 1.00% or 0.65 to $65.50 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 2.25% or 1.65 to hit $75.09 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.15% or 1.90 to trade at $1280.40 a troy ounce.

EUR/NGN was up 0.21% to 418.270, while USD/NGN rose 0.14% to 361.000.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 94.52.

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Morocco stocks lower at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares down 0.09%

June 18, 2018, 05:05

Investing.com – Morocco stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Forestry&Paper, Banking and Mining sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares fell 0.09%.

The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Taslif (CS:TSF1), which rose 5.75% or 1.38 points to trade at 25.40 at the close. Meanwhile, Risma (CS:RIS) added 3.95% or 6.95 points to end at 182.95 and Brasseries Du Maroc (CS:SBM) was up 3.90% or 115 points to 3060 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cartier Saada (CS:CRS), which fell 6.64% or 1.64 points to trade at 23.06 at the close. Aluminum du Maroc SA (CS:ALU) declined 6.13% or 100 points to end at 1530 and Med Paper (CS:PAP) was down 4.26% or 0.98 points to 22.02.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 21 to 20 and 10 ended unchanged.

Shares in Med Paper (CS:PAP) fell to 52-week lows; down 4.26% or 0.98 to 22.02.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.37% or 0.24 to $65.09 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.82% or 1.34 to hit $74.78 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.17% or 2.20 to trade at $1280.70 a troy ounce.

EUR/MAD was up 0.03% to 11.0690, while USD/MAD rose 0.04% to 9.5380.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 94.52.

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Dollar Sluggish as Traders Pile Into Safe Havens on Trade-War Fears

June 18, 2018, 05:01

Investing.com – The U.S. dollar was roughly unchanged against its rivals Monday as trade-war angst fuelled demand for safe-haven currencies, keeping a lid on upside momentum in the greenback.

The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose by 0.06% to 94.50.

Fears of a full-blown trade war between the United States and China, prompted traders to pile into safe-haven currencies like the yen and Swiss franc on expectations the next salvo of trade threats between the U.S. and China may be imminent.

USD/JPY fell 0.20% to 110.44, while USD/CHF fell 0.29% to 0.9948.

Analysts at Stifel have suggested that while the impact of a potential trade war on both China and U.S. GDP will be minimal, it comes at a time when the U.S. economy continues to struggle to maintain a near 2% growth rate.

"While a seemingly minimal impact, as the domestic economy continues to struggle to maintain a near 2% growth rate, a loss of even a few tenths is an unwelcome impact. Additionally, the fear from here is a continued back and forth, escalating trade penalties on both sides with a further negative impact on growth," Stifel analysts said.

Downside in the dollar was limited somewhat by a weaker euro as traders fret EU political uncertainty amid a dispute in Germany's governing coalition, while the prospect of a prolonged period of low interest rates in the euro-area continued to weigh on the single currency.

EUR/USD fell 0.06% to $1.1604.

GBP/USD fell 0.29% to $1.3241 as traders looked ahead to the result of the UK government vote on changes to the Brexit Withdrawal Bill, and the upcoming Bank of England decision due later this week.

USD/CAD rose 0.41% to C$1.3232 shrugging off rising oil prices – which tend to support the loonie – amid reports OPEC is considering a modest oil output hike.

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Portugal stocks higher at close of trade; PSI 20 up 0.01%

June 18, 2018, 04:45

Investing.com – Portugal stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Consumer Goods, Technology and Telecoms sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Lisbon, the PSI 20 rose 0.01%.

The best performers of the session on the PSI 20 were Corticeira Amorim (LS:CORA), which rose 2.16% or 0.240 points to trade at 11.340 at the close. Meanwhile, Ibersol SGPS (LS:IBS) added 1.79% or 0.200 points to end at 11.400 and Galp Energia Nom (LS:GALP) was up 1.65% or 0.2600 points to 16.0450 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were F.Rama (LS:RAMA), which fell 3.53% or 0.300 points to trade at 8.200 at the close. Mota Engil (LS:MOTA) declined 2.74% or 0.0850 points to end at 3.0200 and Sonae Capital (LS:SONAC) was down 1.73% or 0.0160 points to 0.9100.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Lisbon Stock Exchange by 18 to 16 and 6 ended unchanged.

Brent oil for August delivery was up 1.67% or 1.23 to $74.67 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.20% or 0.13 to hit $64.98 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.40 to trade at $1280.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.1608, while EUR/GBP rose 0.31% to 0.8767.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Denmark stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Copenhagen 20 down 0.94%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

Investing.com – Denmark stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Industrials, Technology and Software&Computer Services sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Copenhagen, the OMX Copenhagen 20 declined 0.94%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Copenhagen 20 were Pandora A/S (CO:PNDORA), which rose 0.43% or 2.1 points to trade at 485.1 at the close. Meanwhile, Novo Nordisk A/S B (CO:NOVOb) added 0.23% or 0.7 points to end at 287.5 and GN Store Nord (CO:GN) was down 0.14% or 0.4 points to 283.9 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were DSV (CO:DSV), which fell 3.70% or 20.6 points to trade at 536.2 at the close. AP Moeller - Maersk A/S A (CO:MAERSKa) declined 3.48% or 320 points to end at 8880 and AP Moeller - Maersk A/S B (CO:MAERSKb) was down 2.99% or 292 points to 9460.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Copenhagen Stock Exchange by 88 to 38 and 14 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.15% or 0.10 to $64.95 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.40% or 1.03 to hit $74.47 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.10 to trade at $1280.60 a troy ounce.

USD/DKK was up 0.07% to 6.4219, while EUR/DKK rose 0.02% to 7.4519.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Finland stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Helsinki 25 down 0.90%

June 18, 2018, 04:30

Investing.com – Finland stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Basic Materials, Consumer Services and Utilities sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Helsinki, the OMX Helsinki 25 declined 0.90%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Helsinki 25 were Outotec Oyj (HE:OTE1V), which rose 1.06% or 0.080 points to trade at 7.652 at the close. Meanwhile, Amer Sports Corporation (HE:AMEAS) added 0.53% or 0.15 points to end at 28.20 and Neste Oil Oyj (HE:NESTE) was up 0.24% or 0.16 points to 66.66 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Metsa Board Oyj B (HE:METSB), which fell 2.20% or 0.220 points to trade at 9.760 at the close. Stora Enso Oyj R (HE:STERV) declined 1.44% or 0.255 points to end at 17.410 and Nokia Oyj (HE:NOKIA) was down 1.38% or 0.072 points to 5.150.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Helsinki Stock Exchange by 96 to 49 and 15 ended unchanged.

Shares in Amer Sports Corporation (HE:AMEAS) rose to 52-week highs; up 0.53% or 0.15 to 28.20.

Brent oil for August delivery was up 1.40% or 1.03 to $74.47 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.15% or 0.10 to hit $64.95 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.10 to trade at $1280.60 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1604, while EUR/GBP rose 0.27% to 0.8764.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Spain stocks lower at close of trade; IBEX 35 down 0.83%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

Investing.com – Spain stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic, Consumer Goods and Financial Services&Real Estate sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 declined 0.83%.

The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Tecnicas Reunidas (MC:TRE), which rose 1.25% or 0.320 points to trade at 25.870 at the close. Meanwhile, Acerinox (MC:ACX) added 1.23% or 0.140 points to end at 11.540 and Bankinter (MC:BKT) was up 0.73% or 0.062 points to 8.518 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Distribuidora Intl de Aliment (MC:DIDA), which fell 3.23% or 0.090 points to trade at 2.695 at the close. Iberdrola (MC:IBE) declined 2.15% or 0.144 points to end at 6.568 and Cellnex Telecom SA (MC:CLNX) was down 1.83% or 0.40 points to 21.44.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 106 to 69 and 28 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.16% or 2.00 to $1280.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $64.97 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.40% or 1.03 to trade at $74.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1604, while EUR/GBP rose 0.29% to 0.8765.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.93%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

Investing.com – France stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Utilities, Consumer Goods and Industrials sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.93%, while the SBF 120 index lost 0.86%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI), which rose 2.00% or 0.53 points to trade at 26.97 at the close. Meanwhile, Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP) added 1.18% or 0.25 points to end at 21.38 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) was up 0.48% or 0.135 points to 28.140 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Engie SA (PA:ENGIE), which fell 4.81% or 0.67 points to trade at 13.25 at the close. Pernod Ricard SA (PA:PERP) declined 1.94% or 2.85 points to end at 144.40 and Sodexo (PA:EXHO) was down 1.89% or 1.64 points to 85.10.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Air France KLM SA (PA:AIRF) which rose 2.68% to 7.194, TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI) which was up 2.00% to settle at 26.97 and Groupe FNAC (PA:FNAC) which gained 1.69% to close at 84.000.

The worst performers were Nexans (PA:NEXS) which was down 16.03% to 30.60 in late trade, Elior Group (PA:ELIOR) which lost 4.87% to settle at 13.66 and Engie SA (PA:ENGIE) which was down 4.81% to 13.25 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 383 to 196 and 91 ended unchanged.

Shares in Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP) rose to 5-year highs; up 1.18% or 0.25 to 21.38. Shares in Nexans (PA:NEXS) fell to 52-week lows; losing 16.03% or 5.84 to 30.60.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 13.60% to 13.57.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.16% or 2.10 to $1280.60 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $64.97 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.40% or 1.03 to trade at $74.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1604, while EUR/GBP rose 0.29% to 0.8765.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Italy stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com Italy 40 down 0.16%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

Investing.com – Italy stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Utilities, Technology and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Milan, the Investing.com Italy 40 declined 0.16%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com Italy 40 were Azimut Holding (MI:AZMT), which rose 2.15% or 0.29 points to trade at 13.79 at the close. Meanwhile, UnipolSai Assicurazioni SpA (MI:US) added 1.09% or 0.021 points to end at 1.893 and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (MI:FCHA) was up 0.57% or 0.102 points to 17.996 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Snam (MI:SRG), which fell 4.27% or 0.154 points to trade at 3.450 at the close. Poste Italiane SpA (MI:PST) declined 4.04% or 0.308 points to end at 7.322 and Terna (MI:TRN) was down 3.12% or 0.143 points to 4.440.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Milan Stock Exchange by 217 to 140 and 30 ended unchanged.

Shares in Snam (MI:SRG) fell to 52-week lows; down 4.27% or 0.154 to 3.450.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.19% or 0.12 to $64.97 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.40% or 1.03 to hit $74.47 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.16% or 2.10 to trade at $1280.60 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1605, while EUR/GBP rose 0.29% to 0.8765.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Russia stocks lower at close of trade; MOEX Russia down 0.67%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

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

At the close in Moscow, the MOEX Russia fell 0.67% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the MOEX Russia were VTB (MCX:VTBR), which rose 3.59% or 0.0016 points to trade at 0.0461 at the close. Meanwhile, Rostelecom (MCX:RTKM) added 1.66% or 1.14 points to end at 69.70 and Unipro (MCX:UPRO) was up 1.49% or 0.0410 points to 2.8000 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Severstal - ao (MCX:CHMF), which fell 7.20% or 74.80 points to trade at 964.60 at the close. Safmar Finansovye Investitsii PAO (MCX:SFIN) declined 4.64% or 35.0 points to end at 720.0 and AK Transneft OAO Pref (MCX:TRNF_p) was down 3.72% or 6500 points to 168450.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Moscow Stock Exchange by 136 to 78 and 11 ended unchanged.

The Russian VIX, which measures the implied volatility of MOEX Russia options, was unchanged 0.00% to 20.370.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.17% or 2.20 to $1280.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.15% or 0.10 to hit $64.95 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.40% or 1.03 to trade at $74.47 a barrel.

USD/RUB was up 0.76% to 63.6672, while EUR/RUB rose 0.77% to 73.8900.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Netherlands stocks lower at close of trade; AEX down 0.36%

June 18, 2018, 04:35

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

At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX declined 0.36%.

The best performers of the session on the AEX were Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (AS:RDSa), which rose 1.14% or 0.330 points to trade at 29.210 at the close. Meanwhile, Aegon NV (AS:AEGN) added 0.76% or 0.040 points to end at 5.316 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) was up 0.48% or 0.135 points to 28.140 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Heineken (AS:HEIN), which fell 2.14% or 1.90 points to trade at 86.70 at the close. Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG) declined 1.53% or 1.320 points to end at 84.880 and Philips Lighting NV (AS:LIGHT) was down 1.34% or 0.33 points to 24.30.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 79 to 48 and 12 ended unchanged.

The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 12.59% to 12.32.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.14% or 0.09 to $64.94 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.42% or 1.04 to hit $74.48 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.17% or 2.20 to trade at $1280.70 a troy ounce.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1606, while EUR/GBP rose 0.29% to 0.8765.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 1.20%

June 18, 2018, 04:20

Investing.com – Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Utilities, Consumer Goods and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 lost 1.20%.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were bpost NV (BR:BPOST), which rose 2.59% or 0.38 points to trade at 15.05 at the close. Meanwhile, Ageas (BR:AGES) added 0.67% or 0.290 points to end at 43.710 and Etablissementen Fr Colruyt NV (BR:COLR) was up 0.53% or 0.24 points to 45.63 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Engie SA (PA:ENGIE), which fell 4.81% or 0.67 points to trade at 13.25 at the close. Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) declined 3.79% or 0.82 points to end at 20.82 and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA NV (BR:ABI) was down 1.90% or 1.61 points to 82.98.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 73 to 38 and 22 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.20% or 2.50 to $1281.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.23% or 0.15 to hit $65.00 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.36% or 1.00 to trade at $74.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.02% to 1.1608, while EUR/GBP rose 0.26% to 0.8763.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 94.48.

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Poland stocks lower at close of trade; WIG30 down 2.26%

June 18, 2018, 04:10

Investing.com – Poland stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Construction, Basic Materials and Energy sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Warsaw, the WIG30 lost 2.26% to hit a new 52-week low.

The best performers of the session on the WIG30 were Asseco Poland SA (WA:ACPP), which rose 2.44% or 0.96 points to trade at 40.34 at the close. Meanwhile, CD Projekt SA (WA:CDR) added 2.38% or 4.00 points to end at 172.00 and mBank SA (WA:MBK) was up 0.19% or 0.80 points to 414.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Jastrzebska Spotka Weglowa SA (WA:JSW), which fell 5.43% or 4.70 points to trade at 81.90 at the close. Bank Zachodni WBK SA (WA:BZW) declined 4.55% or 16.20 points to end at 339.80 and Kruk SA (WA:KRU) was down 4.39% or 9.80 points to 213.20.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Warsaw Stock Exchange by 284 to 154 and 171 ended unchanged.

Shares in CD Projekt SA (WA:CDR) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.38% or 4.00 to 172.00. Shares in Bank Zachodni WBK SA (WA:BZW) fell to 52-week lows; falling 4.55% or 16.20 to 339.80.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.19% or 0.12 to $64.97 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.40% or 1.03 to hit $74.47 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.40 to trade at $1280.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/PLN was up 0.24% to 4.2971, while USD/PLN rose 0.29% to 3.7032.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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U.K. stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 unchanged

June 18, 2018, 04:15

Investing.com – U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as in the sectors led shares .

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 unchanged 0.00%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were RSA Insurance Group PLC (LON:RSA), which rose 2.42% or 15.80 points to trade at 667.80 at the close. Meanwhile, Micro Focus International PLC (LON:MCRO) added 1.97% or 26.50 points to end at 1369.50 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC Class A (LON:RDSa) was up 1.49% or 37.50 points to 2559.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (LON:RR), which fell 2.38% or 22.60 points to trade at 927.40 at the close. 3I Group PLC (LON:III) declined 1.89% or 18.40 points to end at 953.40 and Pearson PLC (LON:PSON) was down 1.74% or 15.40 points to 868.80.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1273 to 708 and 320 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.18% or 2.30 to $1280.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $64.97 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.38% or 1.01 to trade at $74.45 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.27% to 1.3241, while EUR/GBP rose 0.26% to 0.8763.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 94.52.

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Germany stocks lower at close of trade; DAX down 1.36%

June 18, 2018, 04:15

Investing.com – Germany stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Consumer&Cyclical, Utilities and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Frankfurt, the DAX declined 1.36%, while the MDAX index declined 0.76%, and the TecDAX index declined 0.50%.

The best performers of the session on the DAX were Deutsche Bank AG NA O.N. (DE:DBKGn), which fell 0.12% or 0.011 points to trade at 9.481 at the close. Meanwhile, Commerzbank AG O.N. (DE:CBKG) fell 0.26% or 0.023 points to end at 8.885 and Continental AG O.N. (DE:CONG) was down 0.40% or 0.90 points to 224.30 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Volkswagen AG VZO O.N. (DE:VOWG_p), which fell 3.08% or 4.96 points to trade at 156.06 at the close. Adidas AG (DE:ADSGN) declined 2.78% or 5.55 points to end at 194.30 and Henkel&Co KGaA AG Pref (DE:HNKG_p) was down 2.22% or 2.45 points to 108.15.

The top performers on the MDAX were Krones AG O.N. (DE:KRNG) which rose 1.55% to 111.100, Aurubis AG (DE:NAFG) which was up 0.61% to settle at 68.820 and STADA Arzneimittel VNA O.N. (DE:STAGn) which gained 0.57% to close at 80.960.

The worst performers were Fuchs Petrolub AG VZO Pref (DE:FPEG_p) which was down 2.89% to 44.320 in late trade, Wacker Chemie O.N. (DE:WCHG) which lost 2.54% to settle at 113.20 and Osram Licht AG (DE:OSRn) which was down 2.31% to 49.90 at the close.

The top performers on the TecDAX were Evotec AG O.N. (DE:EVTG) which rose 3.16% to 15.015, Morphosys AG O.N. (DE:MORG) which was up 2.02% to settle at 98.250 and Cancom SE O.N. (DE:COKG) which gained 1.93% to close at 95.200.

The worst performers were Aixtron SE (DE:AIXGn) which was down 2.63% to 12.790 in late trade, Drillisch AG (DE:DRIG) which lost 2.36% to settle at 62.100 and SMA Solar Technology AG (DE:S92G) which was down 2.04% to 41.240 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange by 525 to 220 and 45 ended unchanged.

Shares in Morphosys AG O.N. (DE:MORG) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.02% or 1.950 to 98.250.

The DAX volatility index, which measures the implied volatility of DAX options, was up 16.06% to 15.40.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.18% or 2.30 to $1280.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.19% or 0.12 to hit $64.97 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.39% or 1.02 to trade at $74.46 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.06% to 1.1603, while EUR/GBP rose 0.26% to 0.8763.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 94.52.

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Turkey stocks lower at close of trade; BIST 100 down 1.58%

June 18, 2018, 04:05

Investing.com – Turkey stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Leasing&Factoring, Wholesale&Retail Trade and Technology sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Istanbul, the BIST 100 lost 1.58% to hit a new 52-week low.

The best performers of the session on the BIST 100 were ODAS Elektrik Uretim Sanayi Ticaret AS (IS:ODAS), which rose 10.57% or 0.410 points to trade at 4.290 at the close. Meanwhile, SASA Polyester Sanayi AS (IS:SASA) added 8.71% or 0.740 points to end at 9.240 and Teknosa Ic ve Dis Ticaret AS (IS:TKNSA) was up 8.52% or 0.300 points to 3.820 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Ipek Dogal Enerji Kaynaklari Arastirma ve Uretim AS (IS:IPEKE), which fell 12.05% or 0.930 points to trade at 6.790 at the close. Koza Altin Isletmeleri AS (IS:KOZAL) declined 9.54% or 3.90 points to end at 37.00 and Koza Anadolu Metal Madencilik Isletmeleri AS (IS:KOZAA) was down 6.07% or 0.430 points to 6.650.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Istanbul Stock Exchange by 249 to 115 and 45 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.19% or 2.40 to $1280.90 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.28% or 0.18 to hit $65.03 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.38% or 1.01 to trade at $74.45 a barrel.

USD/TRY was down 0.07% to 4.7280, while EUR/TRY fell 0.09% to 5.4896.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Sweden stocks lower at close of trade; OMX Stockholm 30 down 0.56%

June 18, 2018, 04:05

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

At the close in Stockholm, the OMX Stockholm 30 declined 0.56%.

The best performers of the session on the OMX Stockholm 30 were Fingerprint Cards AB ser. B (ST:FINGb), which rose 12.79% or 0.83 points to trade at 7.30 at the close. Meanwhile, Autoliv Inc . SDB (ST:ALIVsdb) added 1.27% or 17.5 points to end at 1400.0 and AB SKF B (ST:SKFb) was up 0.71% or 1.2 points to 171.2 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Getinge AB ser. B (ST:GETIb), which fell 1.79% or 1.5 points to trade at 83.4 at the close. Atlas Copco AB Series B (ST:ATCOb) declined 1.40% or 3.5 points to end at 247.3 and Alfa Laval AB (ST:ALFA) was down 1.39% or 3.1 points to 220.1.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Stockholm Stock Exchange by 361 to 264 and 55 ended unchanged.

Shares in Autoliv Inc. SDB (ST:ALIVsdb) rose to all time highs; up 1.27% or 17.5 to 1400.0.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.28% or 0.18 to $65.03 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.36% or 1.00 to hit $74.44 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.40 to trade at $1280.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/SEK was up 0.49% to 10.2500, while USD/SEK rose 0.53% to 8.8323.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Norway stocks lower at close of trade; Oslo OBX down 0.79%

June 18, 2018, 04:05

Investing.com – Norway stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Commercial Service And Supplies, Food, Beverages&Tobacco and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Oslo, the Oslo OBX fell 0.79%.

The best performers of the session on the Oslo OBX were Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OL:NWC), which rose 10.13% or 25.20 points to trade at 274.00 at the close. Meanwhile, REC Silicon ASA (OL:REC) added 2.30% or 0.02 points to end at 1.02 and Aker Solutions OL (OL:AKSOL) was up 1.16% or 0.62 points to 53.84 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Petroleum Geo - Services ASA (OL:PGS), which fell 2.69% or 0.99 points to trade at 35.87 at the close. Grieg Seafood (OL:GSFO) declined 2.47% or 2.20 points to end at 86.90 and Golden Ocean Group Ltd (OL:GOGLT) was down 2.33% or 1.75 points to 73.50.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Oslo Stock Exchange by 113 to 60 and 25 ended unchanged.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.26% or 0.17 to $65.02 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.35% or 0.99 to hit $74.43 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.19% or 2.40 to trade at $1280.90 a troy ounce.

EUR/NOK was down 0.05% to 9.4501, while USD/NOK fell 0.01% to 8.1433.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 94.50.

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Greece stocks higher at close of trade; Athens General Composite up 0.98%

June 18, 2018, 03:15

Investing.com – Greece stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Banking, Telecoms and Household sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Athens, the Athens General Composite added 0.98%.

The best performers of the session on the Athens General Composite were Ellaktor SA (AT:HELr), which rose 5.77% or 0.108 points to trade at 1.980 at the close. Meanwhile, Nireus Aqua (AT:NIRr) added 5.28% or 0.013 points to end at 0.259 and Alpha Bank SA (AT:ACBr) was up 4.42% or 0.081 points to 1.914 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Athens Medical (AT:AMCr), which fell 6.04% or 0.090 points to trade at 1.400 at the close. ThesKi Port (AT:OLTr) declined 4.91% or 1.30 points to end at 25.20 and J.&P. Avax (AT:AVAr) was down 4.10% or 0.025 points to 0.585.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Athens Stock Exchange by 58 to 50 and 19 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.23% or 2.90 to $1281.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 0.32% or 0.21 to hit $65.06 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.54% or 1.13 to trade at $74.57 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.00% to 1.1610, while EUR/GBP rose 0.33% to 0.8769.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.47.

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Israel stocks lower at close of trade; TA 35 down 0.49%

June 18, 2018, 03:00

Investing.com – Israel stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Communication, Technology and Insurance sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Tel Aviv, the TA 35 fell 0.49%.

The best performers of the session on the TA 35 were Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd (TA:TEVA), which rose 1.95% or 166 points to trade at 8680 at the close. Meanwhile, First International Bank of Israel Ltd (TA:FTIN) added 1.50% or 112 points to end at 7594 and Ormat Technologies (TA:ORA) was up 1.19% or 220 points to 18780 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Cellcom Israel Ltd (TA:CEL), which fell 3.83% or 86 points to trade at 2159 at the close. Tower Semiconductor Ltd (TA:TSEM) declined 3.56% or 306 points to end at 8280 and Partner (TA:PTNR) was down 3.11% or 41 points to 1278.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange by 263 to 109 and 42 ended unchanged.

Shares in Cellcom Israel Ltd (TA:CEL) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.83% or 86 to 2159. Shares in Partner (TA:PTNR) fell to 52-week lows; falling 3.11% or 41 to 1278.

Crude oil for August delivery was up 0.45% or 0.29 to $65.14 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 1.74% or 1.28 to hit $74.72 a barrel, while the August Gold Futures contract rose 0.21% or 2.70 to trade at $1281.20 a troy ounce.

USD/ILS was up 0.39% to 3.6389, while EUR/ILS rose 0.41% to 4.2252.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.47.

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Oil Prices Struggle to Recover as OPEC Output Boost May Be Smaller than Feared

June 18, 2018, 02:36

Investing.com - Oil prices bounced off two-month lows hit earlier on Monday after reports that the contemplated increase in output by Saudi Arabia and Russia may be less than originally feared.

New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 23 cents, or about 0.3%, to $65.08 a barrel by 10:33AM ET (14:33GMT).

Meanwhile, Brent crude futures, the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., was last up $1.09, or 1.5%, to $74.53.

Prices hit intraday lows of $63.41 and $72.46, respectively earlier in the session.

Oil ministers from OPEC, Russia and other major producing countries will meet in Vienna on Thursday and Friday to review their current production agreement that has held back 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) from the market for the past 18 months.

Russia has pushed for returning a million barrels per day back into the market relatively quickly in order to offset supply shortfalls from Venezuela and Iran. However, Saudi Arabia would like to try a lower amount to prevent the price from dropping too much, experts said.

However, Iran, Venezuela and Iraq have all said the current production agreement should stay in place and Tehran’s OPEC representative Hossein Kazempour Ardebili told Bloomberg that the three would block the deal.

In an effort to reach a compromise, the latest developments point to a discussion between OPEC members to deliver just 300,000 to 600,000 barrels a day of additional oil supply to global markets over the next few months, Bloomberg reported, citing people briefed on the talks.

The report was sufficient to send a wave of relief through oil markets that had declined to two-month lows in overnight trade as both the West Texas Intermediate and Brent turned positive.

Weighing on prices, U.S. output continued its unrelenting escalation. U.S. drillers added one oil rig last week, bringing the total count to 863, the highest number since March 2015, according to Baker Hughes data released on Friday.

Meanwhile, China on Friday said it would slap duties on American export products, including crude oil, as the Asian nation planned retaliatory tariffs against the U.S.

That could mean that the world's biggest importer of oil could eschew U.S. products at a time when exports of crude to Asia have been rising.

In other energy trading, gasoline futures gained 1.3% $2.0415 a gallon 10:35AM ET (14:35GMT), while heating oil also rose 1.3% to $2.1130 a gallon.

Lastly, natural gas futures traded down 1.3% to $2.982 per million British thermal units.

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