France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 2.10%

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France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 2.10%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were higher at the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Financials , Basic Materials and Consumer Goods sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 2.10% to hit a new 52-week high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 1.90%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ), which rose 5.17% or 0.430 points to trade at 8.740 at the close. Societe Generale (PA: SOGN ) added 4.92% or 2.06 points to end at 43.97 and BNP Paribas SA (PA: BNPP ) was up 4.46% or 2.46 points to 57.59 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Vivendi SA (PA: VIV ), which added 0.45% or 0.07 points to trade at 16.73 in late trade. Danone SA (PA: DANO ) added 0.48% or 0.30 points to end at 62.86 and L’Oreal SA (PA: OREP ) gained 0.60% or 1.05 points to 176.60.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Vicat (PA: VCTP ) which rose 6.77% to 63.72, Ubisoft Entertainment (PA: UBIP ) which was up 5.18% to settle at 36.420 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS: ISPA ) which gained 5.17% to close at 8.740.

The worst performers were Bollore SA (PA: BOLL ) which was down 3.12% to 3.545 in late trade, Suez SA (PA: SEVI ) which lost 1.80% to settle at 13.900 and Teleperformance (PA: ROCH ) which was down 1.15% to 103.30 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 437 to 192 and 92 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 7.14% to 15.19.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.51% or 6.45 to $1247.45 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 0.22% or 0.12 to hit $53.89 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.07 to trade at $56.44 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.0566, while EUR/GBP rose 0.47% to 0.8582.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.26% at 101.59.

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