France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.56%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.56%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Utilities and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 0.56%, while the SBF 120 index lost 0.45%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Accor SA (PA: ACCP ), which rose 0.79% or 0.30 points to trade at 38.71 at the close. Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) added 0.77% or 0.50 points to end at 65.16 and Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ) was up 0.74% or 0.80 points to 109.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (PA: LVMH ), which lost 1.89% or 3.60 points to trade at 186.85 in late trade. Renault SA (PA: RENA ) declined 1.53% or 1.33 points to end at 85.45 and Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ) shed 1.45% or 0.17 points to 11.23.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were STMicroelectronics (PA: STM ) which rose 3.69% to 12.500, Altran Technologies (PA: ALTT ) which was up 3.00% to settle at 14.060 and Innate Pharma (PA: IPH ) which gained 1.98% to close at 13.880.

The worst performers were LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE (PA: LVMH ) which was down 1.89% to 186.85 in late trade, Plastic Omnium (PA: PLOF ) which lost 1.70% to settle at 32.13 and Renault SA (PA: RENA ) which was down 1.53% to 85.45 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 343 to 262 and 91 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 1.56% to 15.37.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was down 0.18% or 2.15 to $1187.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.75% or 0.94 to hit $52.84 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract fell 1.99% or 1.12 to trade at $55.12 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.08% to 1.0689, while EUR/GBP rose 0.54% to 0.8525.

The US Dollar Index was up 0.10% at 100.62.

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