France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.81%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.81%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Technology , Basic Materials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.81%, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.80%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ), which rose 3.06% or 0.565 points to trade at 19.020 at the close. Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) added 2.99% or 1.38 points to end at 47.48 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) was up 2.62% or 0.735 points to 28.760 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which lost 2.22% or 1.22 points to trade at 53.78 in late trade. Bouygues SA (PA: BOUY ) declined 0.46% or 0.20 points to end at 43.21 and Vinci SA (PA: SGEF ) shed 0.42% or 0.36 points to 84.56.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which rose 6.42% to 5.470, Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was up 5.29% to settle at 63.650 and Genfit (PA: GNFT ) which gained 4.24% to close at 24.560.

The worst performers were SES (PA: SESFd ) which was down 3.34% to 13.16 in late trade, Eutelsat Communications (PA: ETL ) which lost 2.42% to settle at 19.17 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) which was down 2.22% to 53.78 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 418 to 187 and 83 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 11.80% to 10.85.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.17% or 2.30 to $1318.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.74% or 1.05 to hit $61.42 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.58% or 1.05 to trade at $67.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.2026, while EUR/GBP rose 0.23% to 0.8893.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 91.80.

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