France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.88%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.88% – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , Technology and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.88%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.89%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ), which rose 1.02% or 0.13 points to trade at 12.90 at the close. Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) added 0.64% or 0.32 points to end at 49.98 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) was up 0.33% or 0.16 points to 49.10 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 4.15% or 1.04 points to trade at 24.02 in late trade. Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) declined 4.11% or 4.50 points to end at 105.10 and Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ) shed 2.93% or 1.84 points to 61.00.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Elior Group (PA: ELIOR ) which rose 5.30% to 12.71, GTT (PA: GTT ) which was up 3.77% to settle at 70.15 and Electricite de France SA (PA: EDF ) which gained 2.01% to close at 14.24.

The worst performers were Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which was down 7.04% to 19.16 in late trade, Eurofins Scientific (PA: EUFI ) which lost 4.73% to settle at 330.00 and Elis Services SA (PA: ELIS ) which was down 4.45% to 13.95 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 413 to 166 and 91 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 0.90% to 18.87.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.30% or 3.80 to $1243.60 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 2.74% or 1.44 to hit $51.14 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 1.99% or 1.22 to trade at $60.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.49% to 1.1305, while EUR/GBP rose 0.21% to 0.8992.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.41% at 97.453.

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