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%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Financials , Consumer Goods and Gas & Water sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.23% to hit a new 6-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.24%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 3.93% or 0.84 points to trade at 22.21 at the close. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) added 2.81% or 0.425 points to end at 15.560 and Sodexo SA (PA: EXHO ) was up 1.89% or 1.89 points to 101.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ), which lost 1.22% or 0.33 points to trade at 26.65 in late trade. EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) declined 1.17% or 1.14 points to end at 96.10 and Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) shed 1.13% or 0.130 points to 11.340.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were SES (PA: SESFd ) which rose 5.77% to 15.21, TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) which was up 3.93% to settle at 22.21 and Compagnie Plastic Omnium SA (PA: PLOF ) which gained 3.43% to close at 27.16.

The worst performers were Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which was down 2.81% to 18.700 in late trade, Iliad (PA: ILD ) which lost 2.53% to settle at 96.34 and Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which was down 2.02% to 68.050 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 298 to 283 and 103 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.27% to 13.50.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.15% or 1.95 to $1296.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.87% or 0.54 to hit $62.64 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.71% or 0.49 to trade at $69.89 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1216, while EUR/GBP rose 0.42% to 0.8615.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 97.020.

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