France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.29%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.29%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Financials , Oil & Gas and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.29% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index added 0.44%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which rose 5.37% or 1.31 points to trade at 25.70 at the close. Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) added 2.53% or 0.45 points to end at 18.00 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) was up 1.93% or 0.85 points to 45.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ), which lost 4.68% or 0.65 points to trade at 13.25 in late trade. TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) declined 2.32% or 0.46 points to end at 19.36 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) shed 2.11% or 0.310 points to 14.370.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Altran Technologies SA (PA: ALTT ) which rose 7.56% to 9.320, SEB SA (PA: SEBF ) which was up 7.53% to settle at 151.40 and Ipsos (PA: ISOS ) which gained 6.42% to close at 23.20.

The worst performers were Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) which was down 4.68% to 13.25 in late trade, Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which lost 3.38% to settle at 10.855 and Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which was down 2.92% to 0.966 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 310 to 258 and 98 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 4.39% to 13.65.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.42% or 5.55 to $1315.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.51% or 0.29 to hit $57.23 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.17% or 0.11 to trade at $66.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1381, while EUR/GBP rose 0.41% to 0.8577.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.01% at 96.047.

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