France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.00%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.00%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Industrials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.00% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Bouygues SA (PA: BOUY ), which rose 3.61% or 1.14 points to trade at 32.71 at the close. Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) added 1.73% or 0.335 points to end at 19.755 and Danone SA (PA: DANO ) was up 1.38% or 0.92 points to 67.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which lost 6.85% or 1.48 points to trade at 20.14 in late trade. Accor SA (PA: ACCP ) declined 3.69% or 1.48 points to end at 38.58 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) shed 2.28% or 0.97 points to 41.59.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which rose 24.18% to 2.152, Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which was up 7.01% to settle at 70.250 and Wendel (PA: MWDP ) which gained 6.54% to close at 110.80.

The worst performers were Eramet SA (PA: ERMT ) which was down 16.32% to 51.80 in late trade, TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) which lost 6.85% to settle at 20.14 and Iliad (PA: ILD ) which was down 5.78% to 87.70 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 296 to 285 and 81 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.75% to 14.34.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.42% or 19.15 to $1328.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.58% or 0.33 to hit $56.83 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.37% or 0.25 to trade at $66.83 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.03% to 1.1332, while EUR/GBP rose 0.06% to 0.8690.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 96.498.

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