France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.48%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.48% – France equities were lower at the close on Monday, as losses in the Utilities , Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 1.48% to hit a new 3-month low, while the SBF 120 index fell 1.51%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which rose 1.10% or 0.305 points to trade at 28.105 at the close. STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) added 0.77% or 0.142 points to end at 18.642 and Accor SA (PA: ACCP ) was up 0.25% or 0.11 points to 44.24 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ), which lost 2.71% or 5.45 points to trade at 195.65 in late trade. Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) declined 2.57% or 1.25 points to end at 47.30 and Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ) shed 2.48% or 2.75 points to 108.30.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) which rose 1.10% to 28.105, STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) which was up 0.77% to settle at 18.642 and Gemalto (AS: GTO ) which gained 0.30% to close at 49.84.

The worst performers were Genfit (PA: GNFT ) which was down 6.34% to 25.700 in late trade, Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which lost 4.00% to settle at 60.000 and JC Decaux SA (PA: JCDX ) which was down 3.68% to 33.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 536 to 90 and 61 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 8.42% to 17.75 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.09% or 1.20 to $1338.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.83% or 1.20 to hit $64.25 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.25% or 0.86 to trade at $67.72 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.26% to 1.2423, while EUR/GBP rose 0.41% to 0.8858.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.30% at 89.31.

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