Belgium stocks lower at close of trade; BEL 20 down 0.40% – Belgium stocks were lower after the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities, Financials and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Brussels, the BEL 20 fell 0.40% to hit a new 1-month low.

The best performers of the session on the BEL 20 were Aperam SA (AS:APAM), which rose 2.22% or 0.90 points to trade at 41.53 at the close. Meanwhile, Galapagos NV (AS:GLPG) added 1.35% or 1.080 points to end at 81.080 and UCB (BR:UCB) was up 1.10% or 0.70 points to 64.48 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Engie SA (PA:ENGIE), which fell 3.52% or 0.52 points to trade at 14.25 at the close. Ontex Group (BR:ONTEX) declined 1.62% or 0.36 points to end at 21.90 and KBC (BR:KBC) was down 1.55% or 1.100 points to 69.640.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Brussels Stock Exchange by 66 to 51 and 16 ended unchanged.

Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.02% or 0.30 to $1290.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.48% or 0.34 to hit $70.97 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.27% or 0.21 to trade at $78.22 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.37% to 1.1795, while EUR/GBP fell 0.22% to 0.8746.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.18% at 93.31.