France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.84%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.84%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 1.84%, while the SBF 120 index fell 1.83%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ), which rose 2.28% or 0.420 points to trade at 18.820 at the close. Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) added 1.22% or 1.80 points to end at 149.45 and Sodexo (PA: EXHO ) was down 0.23% or 0.22 points to 94.04 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which lost 14.84% or 8.16 points to trade at 46.84 in late trade. Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) declined 7.24% or 1.95 points to end at 25.00 and Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ) shed 6.77% or 1.79 points to 24.70.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) which rose 2.28% to 18.820, Pernod Ricard SA (PA: PERP ) which was up 1.22% to settle at 149.45 and Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which gained 1.05% to close at 72.920.

The worst performers were Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) which was down 14.84% to 46.84 in late trade, Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ) which lost 7.24% to settle at 25.00 and Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ) which was down 6.77% to 24.70 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 410 to 161 and 90 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 19.58% to 16.80.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.00% or 0.05 to $1314.35 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 3.35% or 1.81 to hit $52.20 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 2.65% or 1.66 to trade at $61.03 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.06% to 1.1354, while EUR/GBP fell 0.34% to 0.8752.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.10% at 96.252.

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