France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.50%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.50%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Healthcare , Oil & Gas and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.50% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.40%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ), which rose 1.98% or 2.50 points to trade at 129.00 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) added 1.88% or 1.42 points to end at 76.91 and Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) was up 1.73% or 2.40 points to 140.85 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Atos SE (PA: ATOS ), which lost 2.23% or 2.40 points to trade at 105.25 in late trade. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) declined 1.79% or 0.290 points to end at 15.895 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) shed 1.63% or 0.45 points to 27.12.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were GTT (PA: GTT ) which rose 4.61% to 63.50, SES (PA: SESFd ) which was up 3.72% to settle at 18.68 and Iliad (PA: ILD ) which gained 3.54% to close at 116.95.

The worst performers were Trigano (PA: TRIA ) which was down 14.69% to 96.15 in late trade, Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which lost 9.82% to settle at 61.550 and Orpea (PA: ORP ) which was down 3.07% to 110.60 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 286 to 279 and 97 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 12.31.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was down 0.97% or 11.60 to $1187.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 0.64% or 0.46 to hit $72.03 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 0.50% or 0.40 to trade at $81.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.53% to 1.1678, while EUR/GBP fell 0.04% to 0.8912.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.54% at 94.39.

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