France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.46%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.46%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Basic Materials , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.46%, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ), which rose 3.08% or 0.605 points to trade at 20.270 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) added 2.93% or 0.755 points to end at 26.485 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) was up 1.47% or 0.71 points to 49.17 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which lost 0.89% or 0.12 points to trade at 13.32 in late trade. Vinci SA (PA: SGEF ) declined 0.86% or 0.74 points to end at 85.50 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) shed 0.78% or 0.46 points to 58.30.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which rose 4.04% to 103.600, STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) which was up 3.08% to settle at 20.270 and Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which gained 2.96% to close at 5.352.

The worst performers were Biomerieux SA (PA: BIOX ) which was down 4.91% to 73.60 in late trade, CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which lost 1.83% to settle at 2.146 and Worldline SA (PA: WLN ) which was down 1.69% to 52.300 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 317 to 250 and 101 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 6.96% to 11.35 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.06% or 0.70 to $1226.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.30% or 0.20 to hit $67.36 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 0.75% or 0.54 to trade at $72.70 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.1659, while EUR/GBP rose 0.34% to 0.8922.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 94.75.

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