France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.81%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.81%

Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 1.81%, while the SBF 120 index declined 1.85%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Sodexo SA (PA: EXHO ), which rose 0.39% or 0.40 points to trade at 102.00 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to end at 74.90 and Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) was down 0.09% or 0.15 points to 161.75 in late trade.

Biggest losers included STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ), which lost 5.67% or 0.825 points to trade at 13.730 in late trade. TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) declined 4.47% or 0.92 points to end at 19.65 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) shed 4.45% or 0.652 points to 14.010.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which rose 2.13% to 7.966, ALD SA (PA: ALDA ) which was up 1.23% to settle at 13.22 and Rothschild & Co SCA (PA: ROTH ) which gained 0.54% to close at 27.700.

The worst performers were CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which was down 7.50% to 1.449 in late trade, Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA: CASP ) which lost 6.40% to settle at 27.94 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) which was down 5.67% to 13.730 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 457 to 89 and 84 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 18.88% to 17.38.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.88% or 11.25 to $1285.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 5.93% or 3.64 to hit $57.78 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 5.20% or 3.69 to trade at $67.30 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.27% to 1.1182, while EUR/GBP rose 0.15% to 0.8821.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.19% at 97.697.

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