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 Friday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Consumer Services and Financials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.31% to hit a new 6-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ), which rose 3.97% or 1.07 points to trade at 28.00 at the close. BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) added 3.37% or 1.51 points to end at 46.31 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) was up 3.24% or 0.95 points to 30.24 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ), which lost 2.26% or 1.74 points to trade at 75.40 in late trade. Accor SA (PA: ACCP ) declined 1.49% or 0.56 points to end at 37.13 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) shed 1.31% or 0.17 points to 13.20.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eutelsat Communications SA (PA: ETL ) which rose 4.71% to 15.90, Eramet SA (PA: ERMT ) which was up 4.69% to settle at 59.32 and Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which gained 4.20% to close at 1.166.

The worst performers were Rubis SCA (PA: RUBF ) which was down 3.77% to 48.00 in late trade, Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) which lost 2.26% to settle at 75.40 and Klepierre SA (PA: LOIM ) which was down 2.02% to 32.03 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 353 to 217 and 99 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 3.30% to 12.24 a new 6-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.07% or 0.85 to $1294.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.35% or 0.22 to hit $63.80 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.04% or 0.74 to trade at $71.57 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.42% to 1.1298, while EUR/GBP rose 0.32% to 0.8642.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.25% at 96.567.

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