France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 2.02%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 2.02%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Healthcare , Financials and Consumer Services sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 2.02%, while the SBF 120 index lost 2.01%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ), which rose 0.14% or 0.22 points to trade at 152.14 at the close. EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) fell 0.16% or 0.16 points to end at 97.96 and Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) was down 0.62% or 0.10 points to 16.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ), which lost 5.41% or 1.050 points to trade at 18.368 in late trade. Societe Generale SA (PA: SOGN ) declined 3.95% or 1.05 points to end at 25.52 and Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA: SGOB ) shed 3.82% or 1.24 points to 31.13.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Elior Group (PA: ELIOR ) which rose 2.16% to 12.31, Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was up 1.26% to settle at 72.450 and Korian Medica SA (PA: KORI ) which gained 0.69% to close at 34.800.

The worst performers were Aperam SA (AS: APAM ) which was down 8.00% to 25.86 in late trade, Eramet SA (PA: ERMT ) which lost 6.65% to settle at 48.68 and Imerys SA (PA: IMTP ) which was down 6.48% to 45.04 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 460 to 121 and 84 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 10.03% to 16.90 a new 1-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.34% or 4.45 to $1311.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 1.72% or 1.03 to hit $58.95 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 1.39% or 0.94 to trade at $66.92 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.73% to 1.1289, while EUR/GBP fell 1.42% to 0.8550.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 96.188.

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