France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.60%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.60%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.60% to hit a new 52-week low, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 1.79% or 0.29 points to trade at 16.75 at the close. Hermes International SCA (PA: HRMS ) added 1.25% or 5.80 points to end at 469.30 and Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) was up 0.90% or 0.90 points to 100.60 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 5.20% or 1.31 points to trade at 23.87 in late trade. Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) declined 2.75% or 0.495 points to end at 17.495 and Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA: MICP ) shed 2.53% or 2.16 points to 83.22.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which rose 9.54% to 10.680, Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which was up 5.97% to settle at 54.150 and Euronext (PA: ENX ) which gained 3.41% to close at 49.16.

The worst performers were Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which was down 5.20% to 23.87 in late trade, Rexel (PA: RXL ) which lost 4.36% to settle at 9.00 and Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which was down 4.12% to 18.84 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 364 to 243 and 79 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 14.95% to 25.46 a new 6-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.79% or 10.05 to $1279.80 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February fell 3.65% or 1.70 to hit $44.91 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 3.74% or 2.07 to trade at $53.22 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.78% to 1.1442, while EUR/GBP rose 0.62% to 0.9043.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.55% at 96.047.

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