France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.04%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.04%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities , Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 1.04% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.94%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ), which rose 4.99% or 0.695 points to trade at 14.620 at the close. Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) added 3.25% or 2.72 points to end at 86.40 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) was up 2.98% or 0.79 points to 27.34 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which lost 1.28% or 0.22 points to trade at 16.93 in late trade. Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) declined 0.28% or 0.14 points to end at 50.36 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) shed 0.15% or 0.03 points to 20.42.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) which rose 4.99% to 14.620, Korian Medica SA (PA: KORI ) which was up 3.96% to settle at 36.260 and Elior Group (PA: ELIOR ) which gained 3.88% to close at 13.11.

The worst performers were Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA: CASP ) which was down 6.54% to 40.99 in late trade, Mercialys SA (PA: MERY ) which lost 3.23% to settle at 12.60 and Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which was down 2.99% to 2.174 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 343 to 234 and 90 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 4.35% to 13.03.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.54% or 7.05 to $1302.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.29% or 0.17 to hit $58.44 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.30% or 0.20 to trade at $67.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.15% to 1.1320, while EUR/GBP fell 0.11% to 0.8525.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 96.585.

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