France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.66%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.66%

Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Consumer Services , Technology and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 1.66%, while the SBF 120 index declined 1.63%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which rose 1.94% or 0.28 points to trade at 14.96 at the close. Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) added 0.60% or 0.09 points to end at 14.18 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) was up 0.51% or 0.68 points to 133.30 in late trade.

Biggest losers included STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ), which lost 11.61% or 1.410 points to trade at 10.735 in late trade. Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) declined 6.39% or 6.57 points to end at 96.28 and Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) shed 5.49% or 22.10 points to 380.70.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which rose 13.61% to 13.940, Neopost (PA: NPOS ) which was up 3.36% to settle at 24.60 and Casino Guichard (PA: CASP ) which gained 3.33% to close at 35.70.

The worst performers were STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) which was down 11.61% to 10.735 in late trade, Technicolor (PA: TCH ) which lost 7.34% to settle at 0.871 and Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was down 6.55% to 49.620 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 358 to 215 and 85 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 0.24% to 22.42.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.65% or 8.30 to $1292.40 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 0.67% or 0.31 to hit $46.85 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 1.04% or 0.57 to trade at $55.48 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.56% to 1.1405, while EUR/GBP rose 0.31% to 0.9021.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.61% at 95.833.

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