France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.48%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.48% – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Consumer Services and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.48%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ), which rose 1.46% or 7.60 points to trade at 528.00 at the close. L’Oreal SA (PA: OREP ) added 1.25% or 2.70 points to end at 218.80 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) was up 0.94% or 0.44 points to 47.28 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 5.28% or 1.32 points to trade at 23.68 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 4.92% or 0.997 points to end at 19.248 and Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) shed 3.15% or 0.311 points to 9.551.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which rose 7.02% to 70.100, Neopost (PA: NPOS ) which was up 1.47% to settle at 22.14 and Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ) which gained 1.46% to close at 528.00.

The worst performers were Tarkett (PA: TKTT ) which was down 6.97% to 17.35 in late trade, Altran Technologies (PA: ALTT ) which lost 6.36% to settle at 7.655 and Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which was down 5.28% to 23.68 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 414 to 161 and 85 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 1.42% to 17.03.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.34% or 4.45 to $1318.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.06% or 0.03 to hit $52.67 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.47% or 0.29 to trade at $61.92 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.08% to 1.1330, while EUR/GBP rose 0.09% to 0.8762.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 96.382.

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