France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.26%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.26%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Utilities , Technology and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.26%, while the SBF 120 index added 0.28%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Engie SA (PA: ENGIE ), which rose 2.67% or 0.39 points to trade at 14.79 at the close. Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) added 2.20% or 6.95 points to end at 322.45 and Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ) was up 1.93% or 2.05 points to 108.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which lost 2.09% or 0.47 points to trade at 21.99 in late trade. Airbus Group SE (PA: AIR ) declined 1.37% or 0.98 points to end at 70.43 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) shed 0.95% or 0.54 points to 56.06.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Sopra Steria Group SA (PA: SOPR ) which rose 6.01% to 156.10, Altran Technologies (PA: ALTT ) which was up 5.73% to settle at 15.310 and Worldline SA (PA: WLN ) which gained 4.27% to close at 34.900.

The worst performers were Rexel (PA: RXL ) which was down 4.15% to 12.70 in late trade, SES (PA: SESFd ) which lost 4.01% to settle at 18.21 and Wendel (PA: MWDP ) which was down 3.81% to 130.00 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 318 to 267 and 94 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 17.53% to 12.33 a new 1-month low.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for December delivery was up 1.02% or 13.64 to $1352.64 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in October fell 0.08% or 0.04 to hit $49.12 a barrel, while the November Brent oil contract rose 0.26% or 0.14 to trade at $54.34 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.81% to 1.2014, while EUR/GBP rose 0.54% to 0.9186.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.70% at 91.56.

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