France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.51%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Healthcare and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.51%, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.61%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ), which rose 4.15% or 1.21 points to trade at 30.21 at the close. Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) added 3.92% or 0.390 points to end at 10.346 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) was up 3.32% or 1.39 points to 43.08 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Danone SA (PA: DANO ), which lost 1.27% or 0.79 points to trade at 61.47 in late trade. Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ) declined 1.03% or 5.10 points to end at 488.90 and L’Oreal SA (PA: OREP ) shed 0.84% or 1.65 points to 195.25.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which rose 7.95% to 1.039, Altran Technologies (PA: ALTT ) which was up 7.46% to settle at 7.995 and Worldline SA (PA: WLN ) which gained 7.14% to close at 42.920.

The worst performers were DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which was down 3.12% to 13.660 in late trade, Iliad (PA: ILD ) which lost 2.92% to settle at 103.20 and Electricite de France SA (PA: EDF ) which was down 1.76% to 13.70 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 360 to 210 and 91 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 5.68% to 16.09 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.46% or 5.95 to $1294.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.59% or 0.31 to hit $51.80 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.05% or 0.03 to trade at $60.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.11% to 1.1401, while EUR/GBP rose 0.00% to 0.8872.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 95.672.

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