France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.54%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.54%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Financials and Technology sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 0.54% to hit a new 1-month low, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.55%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which rose 2.70% or 0.45 points to trade at 16.91 at the close. Sodexo (PA: EXHO ) added 1.58% or 1.41 points to end at 90.37 and Renault SA (PA: RENA ) was up 1.11% or 0.90 points to 82.18 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ), which lost 4.91% or 0.447 points to trade at 8.654 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ) declined 4.85% or 0.21 points to end at 4.14 and Nokia Oyj (PA: NOKIA ) shed 1.91% or 0.089 points to 4.561.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Casino Guichard (PA: CASP ) which rose 7.25% to 54.72, Lagardere S.C.A. (PA: LAGA ) which was up 5.19% to settle at 22.27 and Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which gained 3.73% to close at 27.800.

The worst performers were Gemalto (AS: GTO ) which was down 7.32% to 53.05 in late trade, Credit Agricole SA (PA: CAGR ) which lost 4.91% to settle at 8.654 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ) which was down 4.85% to 4.14 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 372 to 265 and 100 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.26% to 21.94.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 0.31% or 4.00 to $1271.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.54% or 0.25 to hit $45.98 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 0.90% or 0.43 to trade at $47.17 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.38% to 1.1383, while EUR/GBP fell 0.44% to 0.7874.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.28% at 94.06.

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