France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.15%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.15%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Industrials , Consumer Services and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.15%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ), which rose 3.01% or 2.70 points to trade at 92.50 at the close. Legrand SA (PA: LEGD ) added 1.61% or 1.06 points to end at 67.02 and Safran SA (PA: SAF ) was up 1.29% or 1.16 points to 90.94 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ), which lost 2.04% or 1.03 points to trade at 49.37 in late trade. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) declined 1.65% or 1.19 points to end at 71.12 and STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) shed 1.33% or 0.260 points to 19.230.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Sartorius Stedim Biotech (PA: STDM ) which rose 9.92% to 69.80, Aperam SA (AS: APAM ) which was up 3.32% to settle at 47.90 and Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ) which gained 3.01% to close at 92.50.

The worst performers were Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which was down 3.57% to 34.600 in late trade, DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which lost 2.98% to settle at 37.760 and Arkema (PA: AKE ) which was down 2.46% to 102.90 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 326 to 269 and 86 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 2.60% to 14.36 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.34% or 4.50 to $1339.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.12% or 0.08 to hit $64.42 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.03% or 0.02 to trade at $68.54 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.2429, while EUR/GBP fell 0.14% to 0.8754.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 88.88.

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