France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.47%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.47%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Consumer Services , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.47% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which rose 4.18% or 1.16 points to trade at 28.91 at the close. Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) added 3.21% or 15.40 points to end at 495.50 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) was up 2.26% or 0.325 points to 14.695 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which lost 1.61% or 0.29 points to trade at 17.71 in late trade. Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA: SGOB ) declined 1.03% or 0.33 points to end at 31.34 and Vinci SA (PA: SGEF ) shed 0.91% or 0.76 points to 83.16.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which rose 5.44% to 11.445, Faurecia (PA: EPED ) which was up 5.10% to settle at 44.08 and Teleperformance SE (PA: ROCH ) which gained 5.10% to close at 165.00.

The worst performers were Dassault Aviation SA (PA: AVMD ) which was down 3.45% to 1429.00 in late trade, Ipsos (PA: ISOS ) which lost 1.64% to settle at 22.82 and Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) which was down 1.61% to 17.71 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 365 to 216 and 77 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 7.25% to 12.66 a new 3-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.36% or 17.95 to $1298.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.22% or 1.27 to hit $55.95 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.98% or 1.31 to trade at $65.00 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.04% to 1.1366, while EUR/GBP rose 0.45% to 0.8609.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.34% at 96.373.

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