France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.79%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.79%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Industrials , Utilities and Technology sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 1.79% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index added 1.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which rose 5.63% or 1.28 points to trade at 24.01 at the close. Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) added 4.75% or 1.19 points to end at 26.26 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) was up 4.19% or 1.70 points to 42.11 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which lost 0.29% or 0.14 points to trade at 47.67 in late trade. EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) declined 0.28% or 0.30 points to end at 105.80 and Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ) shed 0.11% or 0.60 points to 540.80.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Bollore SA (PA: BOLL ) which rose 6.68% to 3.704, Ipsen SA (PA: IPN ) which was up 6.02% to settle at 125.10 and Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which gained 5.73% to close at 24.56.

The worst performers were Eutelsat Communications SA (PA: ETL ) which was down 5.96% to 17.68 in late trade, Electricite de France SA (PA: EDF ) which lost 5.76% to settle at 13.99 and Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which was down 4.57% to 64.700 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 352 to 211 and 105 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 7.89% to 14.31.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.48% or 6.35 to $1320.25 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 2.17% or 1.18 to hit $55.59 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 2.34% or 1.51 to trade at $66.08 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.22% to 1.1275, while EUR/GBP fell 0.62% to 0.8759.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.887.

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