France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.56%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.56%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 0.56%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.54%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which rose 0.86% or 0.12 points to trade at 13.44 at the close. L’Oreal SA (PA: OREP ) added 0.81% or 1.70 points to end at 211.80 and Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA: MICP ) was up 0.37% or 0.40 points to 108.55 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which lost 8.78% or 5.12 points to trade at 53.18 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 3.00% or 0.795 points to end at 25.690 and Legrand SA (PA: LEGD ) shed 2.22% or 1.42 points to 62.42.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Iliad (PA: ILD ) which rose 7.44% to 144.45, Rubis SCA (PA: RUBF ) which was up 2.81% to settle at 49.08 and ALD SA (PA: ALDA ) which gained 2.67% to close at 15.40.

The worst performers were Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) which was down 8.78% to 53.18 in late trade, Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which lost 4.33% to settle at 30.940 and Eramet (PA: ERMT ) which was down 3.15% to 107.60 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 350 to 211 and 94 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 6.11% to 12.05.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.93% or 11.40 to $1216.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in September rose 0.24% or 0.16 to hit $67.91 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.55% or 0.40 to trade at $72.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.27% to 1.1607, while EUR/GBP rose 0.35% to 0.8937.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.42% at 95.24.

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