France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.66%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.66%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Tuesday, as gains in the Healthcare , Technology and Gas & Water sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 1.66% to hit a new 1-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 1.72%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA: SGOB ), which rose 6.33% or 1.89 points to trade at 31.68 at the close. Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) added 4.20% or 4.70 points to end at 116.70 and L’Oreal SA (PA: OREP ) was up 3.82% or 8.10 points to 219.90 in late trade.

Biggest losers included WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ), which lost 1.07% or 1.66 points to trade at 154.20 in late trade. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) declined 0.90% or 0.125 points to end at 13.825 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) shed 0.17% or 0.035 points to 20.620.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Orpea SA (PA: ORP ) which rose 7.37% to 92.34, Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which was up 6.46% to settle at 1.533 and Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA: SGOB ) which gained 6.33% to close at 31.68.

The worst performers were CGG SA (PA: GEPH ) which was down 3.88% to 1.562 in late trade, Neopost (PA: NPOS ) which lost 1.92% to settle at 21.48 and Soitec SA (PA: SOIT ) which was down 1.56% to 66.150 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 365 to 202 and 100 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.38% to 13.98.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.06% or 0.85 to $1318.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March fell 1.26% or 0.69 to hit $53.87 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract fell 0.51% or 0.32 to trade at $62.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.23% to 1.1409, while EUR/GBP rose 0.45% to 0.8810.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.25% at 95.808.

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