France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.05%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.05% – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 1.05% to hit a new 1-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.99%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ), which rose 4.35% or 0.76 points to trade at 18.11 at the close. Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) added 2.81% or 1.52 points to end at 55.60 and Renault SA (PA: RENA ) was up 2.32% or 1.98 points to 87.20 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 0.91% or 0.260 points to trade at 28.415 in late trade. Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ) declined 0.26% or 0.22 points to end at 85.60 and Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) shed 0.17% or 0.025 points to 14.665.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) which rose 4.35% to 18.11, Europcar Groupe SA (PA: EUCAR ) which was up 3.79% to settle at 10.69 and Faurecia (PA: EPED ) which gained 3.31% to close at 68.58.

The worst performers were Eramet (PA: ERMT ) which was down 2.12% to 101.60 in late trade, Nexans (PA: NEXS ) which lost 2.04% to settle at 51.00 and Mercialys (PA: MERY ) which was down 1.40% to 18.26 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 424 to 193 and 75 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 3.19% to 10.20.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.02% or 0.30 to $1321.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 0.97% or 0.60 to hit $61.41 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.59% or 0.40 to trade at $67.67 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.19% to 1.2044, while EUR/GBP fell 0.33% to 0.8878.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 91.69.

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