France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.23%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.23%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities , Technology and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.23%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.23%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which rose 2.25% or 0.620 points to trade at 28.135 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) added 1.65% or 1.23 points to end at 75.60 and Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) was up 0.57% or 2.60 points to 458.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 3.60% or 1.51 points to trade at 40.49 in late trade. Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) declined 3.28% or 0.640 points to end at 18.895 and Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) shed 2.35% or 2.70 points to 112.15.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eutelsat Communications (PA: ETL ) which rose 4.50% to 19.14, Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which was up 4.17% to settle at 8.136 and GTT (PA: GTT ) which gained 4.10% to close at 58.35.

The worst performers were BIC (PA: BICP ) which was down 9.91% to 73.65 in late trade, Casino Guichard (PA: CASP ) which lost 3.79% to settle at 33.52 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which was down 3.60% to 40.49 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 351 to 218 and 94 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 2.07% to 12.65.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.49% or 6.00 to $1217.70 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 1.50% or 1.03 to hit $67.73 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 2.06% or 1.53 to trade at $72.68 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.21% to 1.1667, while EUR/GBP fell 0.17% to 0.8894.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.13% at 94.45.

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