Monday, 30 May 2016

Canada stocks lower at close of trade; S&P/TSX Composite down 0.13%


Category: Stock Market
Canada stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Mining, Energy and Materials sectors led shares lower.At the close in Toronto, the S&P/TSX Composite fell 0.13%.The best performers of the session on the S&P/TSX Composite were Intertain Group (TO:IT), which rose 5.10% or 0.65 points to trade at 13.39 at the close. Meanwhile, Aimia Inc (TO:AIM) added 4.16% or 0.34 points to end at 8.52 and WestJet Airlines Ltd (TO:WJA) was up 3.47% or 0.77 points to 22.95 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were First Majestic Silver Corp. (TO:FR), which fell 3.34% or 0.45 points to trade at 13.04 at the close. Lundin Mining Corporation (TO:LUN) declined 3.18% or 0.140 points to end at 4.260 and Canadian Energy Services&Technology Corp (TO:CEU) was down 2.89% or 0.100 points to 3.360.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Toronto Stock Exchange by 586 to 507 and 153 ended unchanged.The S&P/TSX 60 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/TSX Composite options, was up 4.82% to 13.05.Gold for August delivery was down 0.76% or 9.20 to $1207.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.59% or 0.29 to hit $49.62 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.36 to trade at $50.31 a barrel.CAD/USD was down 0.17% to 0.7662, while CAD/EUR fell 0.39% to 0.6879.The US Dollar Index was down 0.01% at 95.72.

United Arab Emirates stocks lower at close of trade; DFM General down 1.61%


Category: Stock Market
United Arab Emirates stocks were lower after the close on Monday, as losses in the Insurance, Banking and Consumer Staples sectors led shares lower.At the close in Dubai, the DFM General declined 1.61%, while the ADX General index lost 0.88%.The best performers of the session on the DFM General were National Cement Company P.S.C. (DU:NCC), which rose 14.92% or 0.440 points to trade at 3.390 at the close. Meanwhile, Drake&Scull International PJSC (DU:DSI) added 2.03% or 0.011 points to end at 0.554 and Air Arabia PJSC (DU:AIRA) was up 0.78% or 0.010 points to 1.300 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Oman Insurance Company P.S.C. (DU:OIC), which fell 8.50% or 0.130 points to trade at 1.400 at the close. Takaful House (DU:DTKF) declined 4.90% or 0.025 points to end at 0.485 and Dubai Islamic Bank (DU:DISB) was down 4.06% or 0.220 points to 5.200.The top performers on the ADX General were National Marine Dredging PSC (AD:NMDC) which rose 7.06% to 4.85, Rak Ceramics (AD:RKCE) which was up 1.76% to settle at 3.46 and Commercial Bank International (AD:CBI) which gained 1.00% to close at 2.02.The worst performers were Green Crs Ins (AD:GCIC) which was down 9.41% to 0.770 in late trade, Natl Bk Of Ad (AD:NBAD) which lost 7.20% to settle at 7.61 and Arkan Building Materials Co PJSC (AD:ARKN) which was down 4.71% to 0.8100 at the close.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Dubai Stock Exchange by 24 to 8 and 4 ended unchanged; on the Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange, 13 fell and 8 advanced, while 10 ended unchanged.Shares in Oman Insurance Company P.S.C. (DU:OIC) fell to all time lows; losing 8.50% or 0.130 to 1.400.Crude oil for July delivery was up 0.59% or 0.29 to $49.62 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in August rose 0.72% or 0.36 to hit $50.31 a barrel, while the August Gold contract fell 0.76% or 9.20 to trade at $1207.50 a troy ounce.USD/AED was unchanged 0.00% to 3.6730, while EUR/AED rose 0.23% to 4.0910.The US Dollar Index was down 0.01% at 95.72.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Forex - Dollar slips against yen, edges higher vs. euro


Category: Forex


The dollar slipped lower against the yen on Friday and edged higher against the euro, as investors awaited the release of a string of U.S. economic reports due later in the day.USD/JPY slid 0.36% to 108.64.The greenback had gained ground against the yen earlier in the week after Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Monday that financial authorities are prepared to intervene in the currency market if excessive moves in the yen are enough to affect the country’s economy.However, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said earlier Thursday that it would be difficult for Japan's finance ministry to intentionally weaken the yen to boost exports.EUR/USD slipped 0.15% to 1.1356.Investors were looking ahead to U.S. reports on retail sales, producer prices and consumer sentiment due later in the day, for further indications on the strength of the economy.On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending May 6 increased by 20,000 to 294,000 from the previous week’s total of 274,000. Analysts had expected jobless claims to drop by 4,000 to 270,000 last week.The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, was edged up 0.15% to 94.25.

Euro zone GDP 0.5% vs. 0.6% forecast


Category: Economic Indicators


Gross domestic product in the euro zone rose less-than-expected in the last quarter, preliminary official data showed on Friday.In a report, Eurostat said that GDP rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.5%, from 0.6% in the preceding quarter.Analysts had expected GDP to rise 0.6% in the last quarter

Euro zone growth is unexpectedly revised down


Category: Economic Indicators


Gross domestic product (GDP) in the euro zone rose less than expected in the first quarter, adding to global growth worries, according to official data released on Friday.In a report, Eurostat said that GDP rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.5%, from 0.3% in the preceding quarter.That was below the initial reading of 0.6% released on April 29 and consensus that was expecting no change.Year-on-year, GDP in the single currency bloc rose 1.5%, also below the initial estimate, the fourth quarter reading and analyst forecasts for growth of 1.6%.The euro zone data was released after Germany, the engine of its economy, surprised earlier on Friday with growth of 0.7% in the first three months of the year.Immediately after the euro zone data, EUR/USD was unchanged at 1.1353, while EUR/GBP was at 0.7874 from 0.7877 earlier.Meanwhile, European stock markets were broadly lower. The EURO STOXX 50 dropped 0.53%, Germany's DAX fell 0.49%, France’s CAC 40 lost 0.57%, while London’s FTSE 100 shed 0.59%.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Australia stocks higher at close of trade; S&P/ASX 200 up 0.32%


Category: Stock Market


Australia stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Gold, Consumer Staples and Energy sectors led shares higher.At the close in Australia, the S&P/ASX 200 gained 0.32%.The best performers of the session on the S&P/ASX 200 were Whitehaven Coal Ltd (AX:WHC), which rose 8.33% or 0.055 points to trade at 0.715 at the close. Meanwhile, News Corp B (AX:NWS) added 7.64% or 1.260 points to end at 17.760 and Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX:CWY) was up 5.94% or 0.048 points to 0.848 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Orica Ltd (AX:ORI), which fell 13.12% or 2.025 points to trade at 13.405 at the close. Sky Network Television Ltd. (AX:SKT) declined 6.73% or 0.290 points to end at 4.020 and Incitec Pivot Ltd (AX:IPL) was down 3.87% or 0.115 points to 2.855.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Australia Stock Exchange by 590 to 460 and 314 ended unchanged.Shares in Cleanaway Waste Management Ltd (AX:CWY) rose to 52-week highs; rising 5.94% or 0.048 to 0.848.The S&P/ASX 200 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of S&P/ASX 200 options, was down 2.21% to 17.840.Gold for June delivery was down 0.92% or 11.95 to $1282.05 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.84% or 0.82 to hit $45.48 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.30% or 0.59 to trade at $45.96 a barrel.AUD/USD was up 0.04% to 0.7371, while AUD/JPY rose 0.42% to 79.30.The US Dollar Index was up 0.10% at 93.92.

Gold down almost 1% as investors reassess U.S. jobs report


Category: Commodities


Gold futures fell sharply in European trade on Monday, as investors viewed Friday’s U.S. jobs data as less disappointing than first thought.The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs last month, the smallest increase since September and well below the 202,000 jobs forecast by economists. The unemployment rate remained steady at 5%.The one bright sport of the report showed that average hourly earnings rose by eight cents or 0.3%, bringing the year-on-year increase to 2.5% from 2.3% in March.Also weighing on the precious metal were remarks by a senior Federal Reserve official on Friday, who indicated that U.S. interest rates could still rise sooner than expected. New York Fed President William Dudley said that it was reasonable to expect two rate hikes this year despite weaker-than-expected April data on hiring.The U.S. dollar index, which measures the greenback’s strength against a trade-weighted basket of six major currencies, rose to 94.04 in early trade Monday, the most since April 28. It last stood at 93.92, up 0.1% for the day.Gold for June delivery on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange fell by as much as 1.1% to a daily low of 1,280.50 a troy ounce, before recovering slightly to $1,282.15 ounce by 06:45GMT, or 02:45AM ET, down $11.85, or 0.92%.On Friday, gold rallied $21.70, or 1.71%. Prices of the precious metal advanced $3.50, or 0.29%, last week, the second straight weekly gain, amid indications the Fed will take a slow and cautious approach to raising interest rates this year.


A gradual path to higher rates is seen as less of a threat to gold prices than a swift series of increases.Prices of the yellow metal are up nearly 20% so far this year as expectations faded that the Fed would move to normalize interest rates due to fears over the global economy.Gold is sensitive to moves in U.S. rates, as a rise would lift the opportunity cost of holding non-yielding assets such as bullion.In the week ahead, investors will continue to focus on U.S. economic reports to gauge if the world's largest economy is strong enough to withstand further rate hikes in 2016, with Friday’s retail sales data in the spotlight. In addition, there are more than a half-dozen Fed speakers on tap as traders search for more clues on the timing of the next U.S. rate hike.Elsewhere on the Comex, silver futures for July delivery shed 11.7 cents, or 0.67%, to trade at $17.41 a troy ounce during morning hours in London, while copper futures declined 3.7 cents, or 1.72%, to $2.117 a pound.New York-traded copper prices plunged 11.7 cents, or 5.62%, last week, its largest weekly loss since early 2015, on worries over China's economy.Monthly trade data released on Sunday, which showed that both exports and imports fell more than expected in April, added to concerns over the health of the world’s second largest economy.Exports slumped 1.8% from a year earlier, worse than forecasts for a decline of 0.1%, while imports dropped 10.9%, compared to expectations for a fall of 5.0%. That left China with a surplus of $45.6 billion last month, the General Administration of Customs said.The Asian nation will also publish data on April consumer and producer price inflation on Tuesday, followed by reports on industrial production, fixed asset investment and retail sales late on Friday.China is the world’s largest copper consumer, accounting for nearly 45% of world consumption.

Japan stocks higher at close of trade; Nikkei 225 up 0.68%


Category: Stock Market


Japan stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Retail, Construction and Food sectors led shares higher.At the close in Tokyo, the Nikkei 225 added 0.68%.The best performers of the session on the Nikkei 225 were Sojitz Corp. (T:2768), which rose 7.98% or 17.0 points to trade at 230.0 at the close. Meanwhile, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (T:7011) added 5.29% or 20.2 points to end at 402.3 and Seven&i Holdings Co., Ltd. (T:3382) was up 4.89% or 220.0 points to 4720.0 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were JFE Holdings, Inc. (T:5411), which fell 5.63% or 86.5 points to trade at 1449.5 at the close. Teijin Ltd. (T:3401) declined 4.19% or 16.0 points to end at 366.0 and Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. (T:9501) was down 3.13% or 17.0 points to 526.0.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Tokyo Stock Exchange by 1324 to 578 and 101 ended unchanged.The Nikkei Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of Nikkei 225 options, was down 7.82% to 27.33.Crude oil for June delivery was up 1.70% or 0.76 to $45.42 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 1.15% or 0.52 to hit $45.89 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 0.99% or 12.75 to trade at $1281.25 a troy ounce.USD/JPY was up 0.41% to 107.56, while EUR/JPY rose 0.52% to 122.80.The US Dollar Index was down 0.01% at 93.82.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Italy stocks lower at close of trade; Investing.com Italy 40 down 0.55%


Category: Stock Market


Italy stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Industrials, Telecoms and Oil&Gas sectors led shares lower.At the close in Milan, the Investing.com Italy 40 declined 0.55%.The best performers of the session on the Investing.com Italy 40 were Banco Popolare Sc (MI:BAPO), which rose 4.29% or 0.2250 points to trade at 5.4750 at the close. Meanwhile, Tenaris (MI:TENR) added 2.77% or 0.3100 points to end at 11.5200 and Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA (MI:BMPS) was up 2.37% or 0.0150 points to 0.6480 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were CNH Industrial NV (MI:CNHI), which fell 2.84% or 0.180 points to trade at 6.150 at the close. Finmeccanica (MI:SIFI) declined 2.81% or 0.300 points to end at 10.390 and Yoox Net-A-Porter Group SpA (MI:YNAP) was down 2.61% or 0.62 points to 23.11.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Milan Stock Exchange by 245 to 152 and 17 ended unchanged.Shares in Yoox Net-A-Porter Group SpA (MI:YNAP) fell to 52-week lows; down 2.61% or 0.62 to 23.11.Crude oil for June delivery was up 1.08% or 0.48 to $44.80 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July rose 1.24% or 0.56 to hit $45.57 a barrel, while the June Gold contract rose 1.80% or 22.90 to trade at $1295.20 a troy ounce.EUR/USD was up 0.18% to 1.1425, while EUR/GBP rose 0.42% to 0.7907.The US Dollar Index was down 0.10% at 93.64.

France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.42%


Category: Stock Market


France stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Technology and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 0.42%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.43%.The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA:VIE), which rose 1.37% or 0.270 points to trade at 20.030 at the close. Meanwhile, Total SA (PA:TOTF) added 0.93% or 0.40 points to end at 42.94 and Pernod Ricard SA (PA:PERP) was up 0.89% or 0.84 points to 95.31 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were AXA SA (PA:AXAF), which fell 5.61% or 1.22 points to trade at 20.43 at the close. Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA:LHN) declined 1.79% or 0.72 points to end at 39.44 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS:ISPA) was down 1.17% or 0.06 points to 4.64.The top performers on the SBF 120 were Rubis (PA:RUBF) which rose 4.26% to 70.31, Vallourec (PA:VLLP) which was up 2.11% to settle at 3.78 and Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA:VIE) which gained 1.37% to close at 20.030.The worst performers were AXA SA (PA:AXAF) which was down 5.61% to 20.43 in late trade, Lagardere S.C.A. (PA:LAGA) which lost 5.59% to settle at 21.88 and Sopra Steria Group SA (PA:SOPR) which was down 3.87% to 114.20 at the close.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 365 to 262 and 108 ended unchanged.Shares in Lagardere S.C.A. (PA:LAGA) fell to 52-week lows; falling 5.59% or 1.29 to 21.88.The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 3.61% to 23.43.Gold for June delivery was up 1.84% or 23.45 to $1295.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.08% or 0.48 to hit $44.80 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.24% or 0.56 to trade at $45.57 a barrel.EUR/USD was up 0.18% to 1.1426, while EUR/GBP rose 0.44% to 0.7909.The US Dollar Index was down 0.10% at 93.64.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Gold posts mild gains, ending 3-day skid ahead of key April jobs report


Category: Commodities
Investing.com -- Gold futures inched higher on Thursday, halting a brief three-day losing streak amid a resurgent dollar, as investors awaited a key U.S. monthly jobs report at week's end for clearer indications on the strength of the world's largest economy.On the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange, gold for June delivery traded in a broad range between $1,275.50 and $1,288.25 an ounce before settling at $1,278.25, up 3.85 or 0.30% on the session. Gold remains less than 2% below from 15-month highs earlier this week when it surged above the $1,300 level. The precious metal is up by approximately 20% since the start of the year and is on pace for one of its strongest first halves in decades.Gold likely gained support at $1,063.20, the low from January 4 and was met with resistance at $1,322.10, the high from August 8, 2014.On Thursday morning, the U.S. Department of Labor said initial jobless claims increased by 17,000 to 274,000 last week, slightly above consensus estimates of 262,000. The amount represented the largest one-week spike in 16 months. Still, the 4-week Moving Average increased by only 2,000 to 258,000, remaining below the same measure a month ago. It came one day after the ADP Research Institute said private payrolls rose by 156,000 in April, sharply below consensus estimates of 193,000. Over the first three months of the year, the labor market has added an average of 202,000 private jobs per month.When the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases its April jobs report on Friday morning, analysts expect an increase of 200,000 in nonfarm payrolls following gains of 215,000 a month earlier. Economists are also anticipating a slight dip in the unemployment rate by 0.1% to 4.9%. The rate has lingered near multi-year lows over the last several months. More critically, analysts will keep a close eye on average hourly wages which are expected to tick up by 0.3%, mirroring a considerable 0.3% uptick in March. Even as the U.S. economy has emerged from a prolonged recession, wages have remained stubbornly low since the Financial Crisis.After holding short-term interest rates steady last month, the Federal Reserve has indicated that it will take a data driven approach with the timing of its next rate hike. 

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) has left its benchmark Federal Funds Rate at its current level between 0.25 and 0.50% in each of its three meetings this year. Any rate hikes by the Fed this year are viewed as bearish for gold, which struggles to compete with high-yield bearing assets in rising rate environments.The FOMC's next meeting in June will come days before a controversial referendum in the U.K. on its status in the European Union. A vote paving the way for a so-called "Brexit," could have broad implications on global financial and foreign exchange markets.The U.S. Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the greenback versus a basket of six other major currencies, gained more than 0.55% to an intraday high of 93.86. Despite the gains, the index is still down by more than 6% since early-December. Dollar-denominated commodities such as gold become more expensive for foreign purchasers when the dollar appreciates.Silver for May delivery gained 0.109 or 0.63% to $17.410 an ounce.Copper for May delivery fell by 0.034 or 1.53% to $2.153 a pound.

Spain stocks higher at close of trade; IBEX 35 up 0.41%


Category: Stock Market
Spain stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Chemical, Petroleum&Plastic, Telecoms&IT and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 added 0.41%.The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Repsol (MC:REP), which rose 4.68% or 0.505 points to trade at 11.305 at the close. Meanwhile, Mediaset ESP (MC:TL5) added 4.61% or 0.510 points to end at 11.580 and Sacyr (MC:SCYR) was up 3.65% or 0.062 points to 1.762 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Obrascon Huarte Lain (MC:OHL), which fell 2.09% or 0.123 points to trade at 5.757 at the close. Bankia (MC:BKIA) declined 1.68% or 0.013 points to end at 0.763 and Banco Popular (MC:POP) was down 1.51% or 0.032 points to 2.092.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 106 to 81 and 21 ended unchanged.Gold for June delivery was up 0.22% or 2.85 to $1277.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 2.17% or 0.95 to hit $44.73 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.55% or 0.69 to trade at $45.31 a barrel.EUR/USD was down 0.71% to 1.1404, while EUR/GBP fell 0.62% to 0.7875.The US Dollar Index was up 0.51% at 93.75.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Morocco stocks higher at close of trade; Moroccan All Shares up 0.87%


Category: Stock Market
Morocco stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities, Mining and Insurance sectors led shares higher.At the close in Casablanca, the Moroccan All Shares rose 0.87% to hit a new 52-week high.The best performers of the session on the Moroccan All Shares were Sonasid (CS:SOND), which rose 10.00% or 43 points to trade at 476 at the close. Meanwhile, SMI (CS:SMI) added 6.00% or 150 points to end at 2650 and Managem (CS:MNG) was up 5.99% or 50 points to 892 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Residences Dar Saada SA (CS:RDS), which fell 2.11% or 4.00 points to trade at 185.00 at the close. Salafin (CS:SLF) declined 1.87% or 15 points to end at 785 and Lesieur Cristal (CS:LESU) was down 1.69% or 2.20 points to 127.30.Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Casablanca Stock Exchange by 25 to 13 and 6 ended unchanged.Crude oil for June delivery was down 0.71% or 0.31 to $43.34 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 1.42% or 0.64 to hit $44.33 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 1.06% or 13.75 to trade at $1278.05 a troy ounce.EUR/MAD was down 0.14% to 10.9960, while USD/MAD fell 0.14% to 9.5640.The US Dollar Index was up 0.28% at 93.28.

Spain stocks lower at close of trade; IBEX 35 down 1.26%


Category: Stock Market
Spain stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Financial Services&Real Estate, Telecoms&IT and Consumer Goods sectors led shares lower.At the close in Madrid, the IBEX 35 declined 1.26%.The best performers of the session on the IBEX 35 were Acerinox (MC:ACX), which rose 2.10% or 0.210 points to trade at 10.235 at the close. Meanwhile, Arcel. Mittal (MC:MTS) added 1.33% or 0.062 points to end at 4.710 and Tecnicas Reunidas (MC:TRE) was up 1.03% or 0.290 points to 28.485 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Banco Santander (MC:SAN), which fell 2.45% or 0.102 points to trade at 4.058 at the close. Banco Popular (MC:POP) declined 2.44% or 0.053 points to end at 2.124 and BBVA (MC:BBVA) was down 2.26% or 0.129 points to 5.586.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Madrid Stock Exchange by 134 to 61 and 14 ended unchanged.Gold for June delivery was down 0.88% or 11.40 to $1280.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.27% or 0.12 to hit $43.77 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.40% or 0.18 to trade at $44.79 a barrel.EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1492, while EUR/GBP rose 0.25% to 0.7930.The US Dollar Index was up 0.25% at 93.25.

Netherlands stocks lower at close of trade; AEX down 1.02%


Category: Stock Market
Netherlands stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare, Oil&Gas and Telecoms sectors led shares lower.At the close in Amsterdam, the AEX lost 1.02%.The best performers of the session on the AEX were ArcelorMittal SA (AS:ISPA), which rose 1.16% or 0.05 points to trade at 4.70 at the close. Meanwhile, ABN AMRO Group NV (AS:ABNd) added 1.00% or 0.18 points to end at 18.75 and Boskalis Westmin (AS:BOSN) was up 0.84% or 0.30 points to 36.11 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Royal Dutch Shell A (AS:RDSa), which fell 2.76% or 0.62 points to trade at 21.84 at the close. KPN Kon (AS:KPN) declined 1.65% or 0.057 points to end at 3.393 and ING Groep NV (AS:ING) was down 1.64% or 0.170 points to 10.210.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by 113 to 48 and 9 ended unchanged.The AEX Volatility, which measures the implied volatility of AEX options, was up 1.45% to 23.94.Crude oil for June delivery was up 0.27% or 0.12 to $43.77 a barrel. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Brent oil for delivery in July fell 0.42% or 0.19 to hit $44.78 a barrel, while the June Gold contract fell 0.88% or 11.35 to trade at $1280.45 a troy ounce.EUR/USD was down 0.05% to 1.1492, while EUR/GBP rose 0.25% to 0.7930.The US Dollar Index was up 0.25% at 93.25.