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%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Foods & Drugs , Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.48%, while the SBF 120 index lost 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which rose 2.03% or 0.95 points to trade at 47.85 at the close. Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) added 1.78% or 0.30 points to end at 17.45 and Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ) was up 1.76% or 0.40 points to 22.81 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ), which lost 4.07% or 3.30 points to trade at 77.70 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 2.52% or 0.394 points to end at 15.214 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) shed 2.45% or 0.395 points to 15.720.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Coface (PA: COFA ) which rose 2.21% to 9.47, Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) which was up 2.03% to settle at 47.85 and Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which gained 2.01% to close at 68.400.

The worst performers were Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ) which was down 4.07% to 77.70 in late trade, Tarkett (PA: TKTT ) which lost 3.06% to settle at 20.26 and Aperam SA (AS: APAM ) which was down 3.03% to 23.72 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 326 to 243 and 90 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 6.95% to 12.45.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 1.33% or 18.95 to $1401.95 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.07% or 0.04 to hit $57.30 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract rose 1.42% or 0.90 to trade at $64.20 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.57% to 1.1220, while EUR/GBP rose 0.00% to 0.8969.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.60% at 96.912.

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