France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.23%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.23%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.23%, while the SBF 120 index added 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Accor SA (PA: ACCP ), which rose 4.31% or 1.96 points to trade at 47.41 at the close. STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) added 1.79% or 0.330 points to end at 18.785 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) was up 1.68% or 1.02 points to 61.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Atos SE (PA: ATOS ), which lost 5.38% or 6.55 points to trade at 115.20 in late trade. Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ) declined 1.69% or 0.36 points to end at 20.94 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) shed 1.01% or 0.62 points to 60.88.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eramet (PA: ERMT ) which rose 14.92% to 130.20, Nexity (PA: NEXI ) which was up 10.11% to settle at 52.30 and Metropole TV (PA: MMTP ) which gained 7.22% to close at 23.76.

The worst performers were GTT (PA: GTT ) which was down 8.12% to 54.85 in late trade, Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) which lost 5.38% to settle at 115.20 and Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which was down 3.37% to 2.924 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 293 to 286 and 89 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 2.10% to 16.95.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.01% or 0.10 to $1331.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.32% or 0.20 to hit $61.59 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.02% or 0.01 to trade at $65.24 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.17% to 1.2316, while EUR/GBP rose 0.10% to 0.8825.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.19% at 89.81.

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