France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.40%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.40% – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Utilities , Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.40%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.36%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Atos SE (PA: ATOS ), which rose 2.93% or 1.94 points to trade at 68.24 at the close. Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) added 1.68% or 8.50 points to end at 515.70 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) was up 1.58% or 0.32 points to 20.58 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ), which lost 2.45% or 0.530 points to trade at 21.070 in late trade. Sodexo SA (PA: EXHO ) declined 1.72% or 1.75 points to end at 100.25 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) shed 0.94% or 1.40 points to 148.15.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Iliad (PA: ILD ) which rose 4.69% to 103.45, Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) which was up 2.93% to settle at 68.24 and Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which gained 2.59% to close at 83.200.

The worst performers were Air France KLM SA (PA: AIRF ) which was down 2.77% to 8.974 in late trade, Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA: VIE ) which lost 2.45% to settle at 21.070 and Solvay SA (BR: SOLB ) which was down 2.34% to 94.46 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 302 to 250 and 96 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 6.76% to 16.74.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.35% or 4.55 to $1281.05 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.98% or 0.60 to hit $62.00 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.50 to trade at $70.38 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.01% to 1.1189, while EUR/GBP rose 0.54% to 0.8603.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.00% at 97.398.

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