France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.31%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.31%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.31% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.31%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which rose 3.26% or 0.91 points to trade at 28.80 at the close. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) added 2.90% or 0.430 points to end at 15.250 and Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ) was up 2.82% or 0.71 points to 26.05 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sodexo SA (PA: EXHO ), which lost 1.11% or 1.08 points to trade at 96.14 in late trade. Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) declined 0.99% or 0.14 points to end at 13.53 and Dassault Systemes SE (PA: DAST ) shed 0.93% or 1.20 points to 128.00.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which rose 9.00% to 1.078, Eramet SA (PA: ERMT ) which was up 6.69% to settle at 52.45 and Nexity (PA: NEXI ) which gained 6.59% to close at 43.00.

The worst performers were Ipsen SA (PA: IPN ) which was down 6.54% to 115.05 in late trade, Sopra Steria Group SA (PA: SOPR ) which lost 3.27% to settle at 103.40 and Television Francaise 1 SA (PA: TFFP ) which was down 2.22% to 8.130 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 322 to 264 and 81 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 4.24% to 13.56 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.23% or 3.05 to $1329.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 3.00% or 1.72 to hit $55.54 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 3.09% or 2.08 to trade at $65.17 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.09% to 1.1352, while EUR/GBP rose 0.06% to 0.8676.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 96.360.

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