France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.43%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.43%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Friday, as losses in the Oil & Gas Producers , Oil & Gas and Utilities sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 1.43% to hit a new 1-month low, while the SBF 120 index lost 1.32%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ), which rose 4.40% or 0.17 points to trade at 4.15 at the close. Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) added 1.08% or 0.45 points to end at 41.73 and Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) was unchanged 0.00% or 0.00 points to 15.39 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Safran SA (PA: SAF ), which lost 3.68% or 2.26 points to trade at 59.22 in late trade. Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) declined 3.27% or 0.49 points to end at 14.57 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) shed 3.18% or 1.27 points to 38.78.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ) which rose 4.40% to 4.15, DBV Technologies (PA: DBV ) which was up 3.40% to settle at 59.340 and Eurazeo (PA: EURA ) which gained 3.00% to close at 61.20.

The worst performers were Neopost (PA: NPOS ) which was down 5.04% to 17.54 in late trade, Alstom SA (PA: ALSO ) which lost 3.85% to settle at 21.60 and Safran SA (PA: SAF ) which was down 3.68% to 59.22 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 431 to 247 and 91 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 7.17% to 23.33.

In commodities trading, Gold for June delivery was down 1.55% or 19.10 to $1216.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 3.78% or 1.45 to hit $36.89 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 3.99% or 1.61 to trade at $38.72 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.13% to 1.1396, while EUR/GBP rose 1.14% to 0.8015.

The US Dollar Index was down 0.04% at 94.61.

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