France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.57%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.57%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.57%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.67%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ), which rose 3.01% or 0.164 points to trade at 5.619 at the close. Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) added 2.62% or 0.199 points to end at 7.800 and Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) was up 2.19% or 0.91 points to 42.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Nokia Oyj (PA: NOKIA ), which lost 1.40% or 0.070 points to trade at 4.915 in late trade. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) declined 0.91% or 0.67 points to end at 72.75 and Safran SA (PA: SAF ) shed 0.64% or 0.39 points to 60.36.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which rose 4.45% to 18.7900, BIC (PA: BICP ) which was up 4.39% to settle at 135.45 and Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which gained 4.16% to close at 37.300.

The worst performers were Nokia Oyj (PA: NOKIA ) which was down 1.40% to 4.915 in late trade, Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) which lost 0.91% to settle at 72.75 and Aeroports De Paris SA (PA: ADP ) which was down 0.84% to 92.22 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 420 to 221 and 120 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 5.73% to 20.40.

In commodities trading, Gold for December delivery was up 0.35% or 4.75 to $1369.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 2.33% or 0.95 to hit $41.78 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract rose 2.20% or 0.95 to trade at $44.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.14% to 1.1133, while EUR/GBP rose 1.36% to 0.8482.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.19% at 95.67.

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