France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.72%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.72% – France equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Healthcare , Financials and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.72%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.66%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Accor SA (PA: ACCP ), which rose 2.20% or 0.77 points to trade at 35.51 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ) added 1.74% or 0.130 points to end at 7.580 and Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA: MICP ) was up 1.16% or 1.20 points to 104.80 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ), which lost 2.74% or 0.440 points to trade at 15.600 in late trade. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) declined 2.61% or 2.02 points to end at 75.45 and Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ) shed 2.53% or 0.47 points to 18.08.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Lagardere S.C.A. (PA: LAGA ) which rose 3.81% to 25.75, Accor SA (PA: ACCP ) which was up 2.20% to settle at 35.51 and Gemalto (AS: GTO ) which gained 2.00% to close at 54.54.

The worst performers were Genfit (PA: GNFT ) which was down 3.30% to 20.970 in late trade, Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) which lost 2.74% to settle at 15.600 and Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) which was down 2.61% to 75.45 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 301 to 271 and 98 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.76% to 16.07.

In commodities trading, Gold for February delivery was up 0.57% or 6.55 to $1165.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in January fell 2.02% or 1.07 to hit $51.91 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract fell 1.69% or 0.94 to trade at $54.78 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.40% to 1.0667, while EUR/GBP rose 0.01% to 0.8395.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.30% at 100.78.

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