France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.72%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.72%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Utilities , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 0.72%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.76%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which rose 1.42% or 0.27 points to trade at 19.33 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) added 1.15% or 0.82 points to end at 72.00 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) was up 0.71% or 0.20 points to 28.20 in late trade.

Biggest losers included STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ), which lost 6.28% or 1.260 points to trade at 18.790 in late trade. Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) declined 3.84% or 0.820 points to end at 20.530 and Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) shed 2.25% or 2.95 points to 128.40.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Sartorius Stedim Biotech (PA: STDM ) which rose 2.25% to 65.80, Euronext (PA: ENX ) which was up 2.06% to settle at 54.50 and Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) which gained 1.42% to close at 19.33.

The worst performers were Suez SA (PA: SEVI ) which was down 16.77% to 11.715 in late trade, STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) which lost 6.28% to settle at 18.790 and Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was down 3.93% to 63.550 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 348 to 232 and 104 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 4.54% to 11.82.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 1.19% or 15.90 to $1352.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 0.48% or 0.31 to hit $64.78 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 0.16% or 0.11 to trade at $69.85 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.73% to 1.2388, while EUR/GBP fell 0.61% to 0.8729.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.82% at 89.14.

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