France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.26%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.26% – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas , Basic Materials and Financials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 0.26%, while the SBF 120 index lost 0.34%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ), which rose 2.52% or 0.47 points to trade at 19.30 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) added 1.78% or 1.31 points to end at 75.02 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) was up 0.78% or 0.36 points to 47.24 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Renault SA (PA: RENA ), which lost 6.41% or 3.60 points to trade at 52.60 in late trade. WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS: URW ) declined 2.39% or 3.30 points to end at 135.00 and Carrefour SA (PA: CARR ) shed 2.28% or 0.39 points to 16.52.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA: FTI ) which rose 2.52% to 19.30, Elior Group (PA: ELIOR ) which was up 2.52% to settle at 10.98 and Sanofi SA (PA: SASY ) which gained 1.78% to close at 75.02.

The worst performers were Renault SA (PA: RENA ) which was down 6.41% to 52.60 in late trade, Klepierre SA (PA: LOIM ) which lost 5.41% to settle at 29.19 and Eurofins Scientific SE (PA: EUFI ) which was down 3.71% to 368.80 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 298 to 238 and 114 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 2.96% to 15.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.75% or 9.95 to $1343.55 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in July fell 0.17% or 0.09 to hit $51.59 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract fell 0.07% or 0.04 to trade at $60.59 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.67% to 1.1295, while EUR/GBP rose 0.49% to 0.8885.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.45% at 96.817.

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