France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.36%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.36%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Utilities , Financials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.36% to hit a new 6-month high, while the SBF 120 index added 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which rose 3.71% or 1.77 points to trade at 49.52 at the close. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) added 2.14% or 0.340 points to end at 16.205 and EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) was up 2.12% or 2.15 points to 103.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which lost 2.05% or 0.54 points to trade at 25.83 in late trade. Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) declined 1.79% or 2.85 points to end at 156.10 and Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) shed 1.31% or 1.22 points to 91.74.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eramet SA (PA: ERMT ) which rose 19.68% to 71.02, Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) which was up 3.71% to settle at 49.52 and Euronext (PA: ENX ) which gained 3.07% to close at 60.40.

The worst performers were CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which was down 2.62% to 1.655 in late trade, Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which lost 2.36% to settle at 1.156 and Biomerieux SA (PA: BIOX ) which was down 2.20% to 75.70 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 340 to 223 and 100 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 1.79% to 11.82.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 1.12% or 14.45 to $1276.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.41% or 0.26 to hit $63.66 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.27% or 0.19 to trade at $71.37 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.20% to 1.1284, while EUR/GBP rose 0.19% to 0.8646.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.14% at 96.688.

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