France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.82%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.82%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Consumer Goods , Consumer Services and Utilities sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 1.82%, while the SBF 120 index added 1.83%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ), which rose 3.99% or 3.39 points to trade at 88.40 at the close. LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (PA: LVMH ) added 3.75% or 8.85 points to end at 245.00 and Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) was up 3.68% or 13.78 points to 387.98 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ), which lost 1.20% or 0.81 points to trade at 66.71 in late trade. Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) added 0.09% or 0.04 points to end at 46.75 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) gained 0.24% or 0.06 points to 25.39.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which rose 5.66% to 94.200, DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which was up 5.24% to settle at 35.740 and Amundi SA (PA: AMUN ) which gained 4.86% to close at 72.88.

The worst performers were ALD SA (PA: ALDA ) which was down 1.54% to 13.43 in late trade, Eutelsat Communications (PA: ETL ) which lost 1.33% to settle at 17.11 and Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which was down 1.32% to 11.550 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 540 to 87 and 58 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 28.25% to 17.76.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.69% or 9.20 to $1320.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 2.62% or 1.66 to hit $61.73 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.06% or 1.38 to trade at $65.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.86% to 1.2270, while EUR/GBP fell 0.28% to 0.8847.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.70% at 90.15.

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