France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.70%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.70%
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Investing.com – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas Producers , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 1.70%, while the SBF 120 index fell 1.59%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ), which rose 2.15% or 5.00 points to trade at 237.35 at the close. Klepierre (PA: LOIM ) added 1.29% or 0.49 points to end at 38.58 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) was up 0.96% or 0.44 points to 46.15 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ), which lost 6.53% or 1.66 points to trade at 23.68 in late trade. Renault SA (PA: RENA ) declined 4.82% or 4.02 points to end at 79.38 and Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA: LHN ) shed 4.45% or 1.74 points to 37.26.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Rubis (PA: RUBF ) which rose 4.25% to 72.60, Iliad (PA: ILD ) which was up 3.65% to settle at 222.85 and ICADE (PA: ICAD ) which gained 2.58% to close at 64.87.

The worst performers were Lagardere S.C.A. (PA: LAGA ) which was down 13.27% to 22.70 in late trade, Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) which lost 6.53% to settle at 23.68 and Ingenico Group (PA: INGC ) which was down 5.01% to 87.94 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 426 to 228 and 109 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 3.30% to 26.02.

In commodities trading, Gold for April delivery was up 1.03% or 12.90 to $1270.30 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.44% or 0.55 to hit $37.74 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.48% or 1.02 to trade at $40.05 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 1.72% to 1.1189, while EUR/GBP rose 0.84% to 0.7817.

The US Dollar Index was down 1.15% at 96.07.

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