France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.83%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.83%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Friday, as gains in the Foods & Drugs , Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.83% to hit a new 1-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.84%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ), which rose 3.54% or 4.50 points to trade at 131.75 at the close. Publicis Groupe SA (PA: PUBP ) added 2.93% or 1.32 points to end at 46.43 and Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) was up 2.91% or 2.08 points to 73.52 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Danone SA (PA: DANO ), which lost 0.27% or 0.20 points to trade at 74.50 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 0.14% or 0.022 points to end at 15.736 and Orange SA (PA: ORAN ) gained 0.25% or 0.04 points to 13.87.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Mercialys SA (PA: MERY ) which rose 3.85% to 11.61, Sopra Steria Group SA (PA: SOPR ) which was up 3.80% to settle at 102.50 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) which gained 3.54% to close at 131.75.

The worst performers were Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA: CASP ) which was down 5.03% to 30.00 in late trade, Groupe FNAC (PA: FNAC ) which lost 1.51% to settle at 65.300 and Alstom SA (PA: ALSO ) which was down 0.99% to 40.80 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 385 to 191 and 90 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.77% to 13.84.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.04% or 0.55 to $1412.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.24% or 0.14 to hit $59.29 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.09 to trade at $65.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.09% to 1.1358, while EUR/GBP fell 0.22% to 0.8947.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 95.795.

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