France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.28%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.28%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Foods & Drugs , Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 0.28%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.26%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 1.26% or 0.28 points to trade at 22.58 at the close. Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) added 0.89% or 0.19 points to end at 21.62 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) was up 0.85% or 0.40 points to 47.62 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ), which lost 1.89% or 1.45 points to trade at 75.10 in late trade. Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) declined 1.60% or 0.22 points to end at 13.51 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) shed 1.56% or 0.228 points to 14.422.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Ingenico Group SA (PA: INGC ) which rose 2.42% to 77.12, Nexans SA (PA: NEXS ) which was up 2.11% to settle at 29.07 and Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which gained 2.03% to close at 0.829.

The worst performers were Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which was down 3.29% to 24.66 in late trade, Faurecia (PA: EPED ) which lost 2.66% to settle at 36.17 and Compagnie Plastic Omnium SA (PA: PLOF ) which was down 2.59% to 20.30 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 300 to 253 and 96 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 8.81% to 11.72.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.01% or 0.15 to $1412.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.03% or 0.02 to hit $60.41 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.46% or 0.31 to trade at $66.70 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.05% to 1.1255, while EUR/GBP fell 0.11% to 0.8989.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 96.692.

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