France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.52%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.52%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.52%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Sodexo (PA: EXHO ), which rose 1.86% or 1.95 points to trade at 106.65 at the close. Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) added 1.74% or 0.31 points to end at 17.79 and Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ) was up 1.57% or 1.16 points to 74.82 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which lost 3.75% or 0.91 points to trade at 23.38 in late trade. Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) declined 1.04% or 0.68 points to end at 65.02 and Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) shed 0.81% or 0.41 points to 49.97.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Neopost (PA: NPOS ) which rose 5.14% to 25.76, Eramet (PA: ERMT ) which was up 3.76% to settle at 115.90 and ICADE (PA: ICAD ) which gained 2.88% to close at 83.95.

The worst performers were Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ) which was down 3.75% to 23.38 in late trade, Fonciere des Regions (PA: FDR ) which lost 2.23% to settle at 87.70 and Bollore SA (PA: BOLL ) which was down 1.96% to 4.594 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 351 to 242 and 95 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 4.47% to 9.59.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.70% or 9.20 to $1331.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.44% or 0.28 to hit $64.08 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.30% or 0.21 to trade at $69.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.83% to 1.2132, while EUR/GBP fell 0.28% to 0.8863.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.65% at 91.06.

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