France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.51%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.51%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Basic Materials and Oil & Gas sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.51%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.46%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Orange SA (PA: ORAN ), which rose 1.44% or 0.20 points to trade at 13.77 at the close. Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ) added 1.33% or 6.50 points to end at 496.40 and Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) was up 1.20% or 0.24 points to 20.31 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 6.35% or 1.72 points to trade at 25.37 in late trade. Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) declined 2.90% or 0.530 points to end at 17.720 and Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA: MICP ) shed 2.73% or 2.44 points to 86.78.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which rose 3.76% to 60.700, Trigano (PA: TRIA ) which was up 3.41% to settle at 84.80 and Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which gained 3.26% to close at 57.000.

The worst performers were Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which was down 6.35% to 25.37 in late trade, Eurofins Scientific (PA: EUFI ) which lost 3.50% to settle at 342.00 and Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which was down 3.43% to 21.94 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 286 to 276 and 97 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 7.12% to 16.68 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.27% or 3.45 to $1290.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 1.71% or 0.90 to hit $51.69 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.72% or 1.06 to trade at $60.62 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.15% to 1.1481, while EUR/GBP fell 0.99% to 0.8928.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.03% at 95.145.

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