France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 2.72%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 2.72%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Utilities , Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 2.72%, while the SBF 120 index gained 2.70%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which rose 6.58% or 1.140 points to trade at 18.460 at the close. TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) added 5.41% or 0.94 points to end at 18.23 and Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) was up 5.18% or 0.481 points to 9.764 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sodexo (PA: EXHO ), which added 0.62% or 0.54 points to trade at 87.64 in late trade. Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) added 0.71% or 0.10 points to end at 14.28 and Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) gained 0.91% or 0.68 points to 75.34.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Aperam SA (AS: APAM ) which rose 8.78% to 24.15, Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which was up 7.82% to settle at 1.766 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) which gained 6.58% to close at 18.460.

The worst performers were Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which was down 3.34% to 16.500 in late trade, DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which lost 2.44% to settle at 13.600 and Metropole TV (PA: MMTP ) which was down 2.21% to 13.69 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 446 to 127 and 82 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 11.83% to 19.77.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.61% or 7.90 to $1286.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 1.81% or 0.85 to hit $47.94 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.89% or 1.06 to trade at $57.01 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.08% to 1.1401, while EUR/GBP fell 0.64% to 0.8961.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.13% at 95.752.

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