France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 3.31%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 3.31%

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

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 3.31% to hit a new 52-week low, while the SBF 120 index fell 3.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ), which fell 1.26% or 0.62 points to trade at 48.64 at the close. Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) fell 1.27% or 1.35 points to end at 104.70 and EssilorLuxottica SA (PA: ESLX ) was down 1.65% or 1.85 points to 110.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Atos SE (PA: ATOS ), which lost 6.50% or 4.70 points to trade at 67.66 in late trade. Capgemini SE (PA: CAPP ) declined 6.42% or 6.63 points to end at 96.62 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) shed 5.98% or 0.770 points to 12.110.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Genfit (PA: GNFT ) which rose 5.94% to 21.400, Mercialys (PA: MERY ) which was up 0.49% to settle at 12.24 and Ipsos (PA: ISOS ) which gained 0.30% to close at 20.10.

The worst performers were Spie SA (PA: SPIE ) which was down 7.80% to 11.110 in late trade, Faurecia (PA: EPED ) which lost 7.34% to settle at 31.31 and CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which was down 7.32% to 1.240 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 542 to 67 and 62 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 23.21% to 24.20 a new 6-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.29% or 3.55 to $1246.15 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 3.33% or 1.76 to hit $51.13 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 3.43% or 2.11 to trade at $59.45 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.39% to 1.1388, while EUR/GBP fell 0.07% to 0.8903.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.35% at 96.672.

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