France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.82%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.82%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Industrials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.82% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.83%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 5.06% or 0.98 points to trade at 20.45 at the close. EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) added 3.32% or 3.40 points to end at 105.85 and Vinci SA (PA: SGEF ) was up 2.17% or 1.82 points to 85.82 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 2.42% or 0.468 points to trade at 18.848 in late trade. Dassault Systemes SE (PA: DAST ) declined 0.72% or 0.95 points to end at 130.80 and Capgemini SE (PA: CAPP ) shed 0.61% or 0.65 points to 106.25.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Lagardere SCA (PA: LAGA ) which rose 8.00% to 24.70, TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) which was up 5.06% to settle at 20.45 and Electricite de France SA (PA: EDF ) which gained 4.47% to close at 12.96.

The worst performers were Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which was down 4.37% to 19.490 in late trade, Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA: CASP ) which lost 2.99% to settle at 43.86 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) which was down 2.42% to 18.848 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 336 to 231 and 96 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.99% to 13.62.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.97% or 12.65 to $1296.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.51% or 0.30 to hit $58.56 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.53% or 0.36 to trade at $67.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.20% to 1.1302, while EUR/GBP rose 0.50% to 0.8531.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 96.757.

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