France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.58%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.58%
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Investing.com – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Oil & Gas Producers and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.58%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.64%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Cap Gemini SA (PA: CAPP ), which rose 6.43% or 5.05 points to trade at 83.63 at the close. Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) added 3.88% or 5.20 points to end at 139.35 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) was up 2.66% or 1.16 points to 44.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Accor SA (PA: ACCP ), which lost 2.74% or 1.12 points to trade at 39.90 in late trade. Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ) declined 1.20% or 0.21 points to end at 17.32 and Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) shed 1.16% or 0.117 points to 9.928.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) which rose 9.59% to 5.704, Electricite de France SA (PA: EDF ) which was up 7.93% to settle at 12.46 and Teleperformance (PA: ROCH ) which gained 7.66% to close at 79.65.

The worst performers were BIC (PA: BICP ) which was down 6.53% to 125.20 in late trade, Television Francaise 1 SA (PA: TFFP ) which lost 5.83% to settle at 10.830 and SCOR SE (PA: SCOR ) which was down 5.21% to 31.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 405 to 260 and 97 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 0.35% to 20.14.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was up 0.61% or 7.60 to $1251.00 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 1.25% or 0.55 to hit $44.59 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 1.40% or 0.64 to trade at $46.22 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.21% to 1.1321, while EUR/GBP rose 0.43% to 0.7782.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.06% at 94.39.

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