France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.64%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.64%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Consumer Services and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 1.64%, while the SBF 120 index declined 1.60%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 0.92% or 0.24 points to trade at 26.45 at the close. AXA SA (PA: AXAF ) added 0.55% or 0.14 points to end at 26.57 and Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to 18.65 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 3.89% or 1.125 points to trade at 27.800 in late trade. Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ) declined 3.51% or 3.20 points to end at 87.97 and Accor SA (PA: ACCP ) shed 3.39% or 1.55 points to 44.13.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were BIC (PA: BICP ) which rose 1.67% to 85.00, TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) which was up 0.92% to settle at 26.45 and AXA SA (PA: AXAF ) which gained 0.55% to close at 26.57.

The worst performers were Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was down 5.23% to 62.500 in late trade, Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which lost 4.15% to settle at 39.93 and Eramet (PA: ERMT ) which was down 4.10% to 110.00 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 465 to 149 and 66 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 8.02% to 16.37 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.74% or 10.00 to $1337.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 0.96% or 0.63 to hit $65.17 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 1.65% or 1.15 to trade at $68.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.42% to 1.2462, while EUR/GBP rose 0.38% to 0.8803.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.54% at 88.96.

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