France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.29%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.29%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Technology , Oil & Gas and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.29% to hit a new 52-week high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.30%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Nokia Oyj (PA: NOKIA ), which rose 4.21% or 0.190 points to trade at 4.700 at the close. Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) added 2.08% or 0.28 points to end at 14.00 and Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ) was up 1.64% or 1.70 points to 105.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ), which lost 2.12% or 1.61 points to trade at 74.39 in late trade. BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) declined 1.20% or 0.74 points to end at 60.96 and Societe Generale (PA: SOGN ) shed 1.15% or 0.55 points to 46.95.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which rose 7.76% to 14.5800, Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which was up 5.93% to settle at 5.484 and Korian Medica SA (PA: KORI ) which gained 5.88% to close at 26.835.

The worst performers were Metropole TV (PA: MMTP ) which was down 4.21% to 17.05 in late trade, SES (PA: SESFd ) which lost 3.39% to settle at 20.41 and Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) which was down 2.12% to 74.39 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 312 to 263 and 87 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 0.73% to 15.01.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.87% or 9.85 to $1139.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.39% or 0.71 to hit $51.61 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.74% or 0.94 to trade at $54.96 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.43% to 1.0459, while EUR/GBP fell 0.23% to 0.8367.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.42% at 102.72.

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