France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.70%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.70% – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Healthcare and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 0.70%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.81%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ), which rose 1.29% or 0.82 points to trade at 64.36 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) added 1.11% or 0.240 points to end at 21.770 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) was up 0.91% or 0.45 points to 50.11 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ), which lost 5.24% or 1.09 points to trade at 19.79 in late trade. Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) declined 3.53% or 0.92 points to end at 25.15 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) shed 2.72% or 0.34 points to 12.16.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Nexans (PA: NEXS ) which rose 3.00% to 25.04, Europcar Groupe SA (PA: EUCAR ) which was up 2.44% to settle at 8.20 and Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which gained 1.75% to close at 3.848.

The worst performers were Maisons du Monde SAS (PA: MDM ) which was down 5.72% to 20.100 in late trade, Groupe Eurotunnel (PA: GETP ) which lost 5.32% to settle at 10.940 and Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) which was down 5.24% to 19.79 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 395 to 178 and 92 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 13.70% to 21.56.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.18% or 14.10 to $1213.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in December rose 0.73% or 0.41 to hit $56.66 a barrel, while the January Brent oil contract rose 1.04% or 0.69 to trade at $66.81 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.11% to 1.1323, while EUR/GBP rose 1.84% to 0.8864.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.31% at 96.96.

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