France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.50%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.50%
Credit: © Reuters. – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Healthcare , Basic Materials and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.50%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.38%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ), which rose 3.10% or 0.56 points to trade at 18.65 at the close. Cap Gemini SA (PA: CAPP ) added 1.08% or 1.15 points to end at 108.10 and Total SA (PA: TOTF ) was up 0.91% or 0.43 points to 47.06 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Valeo SA (PA: VLOF ), which lost 1.92% or 1.22 points to trade at 62.28 in late trade. Unibail Rodamco SE (AS: UNBP ) declined 1.89% or 3.90 points to end at 202.70 and Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique SA (PA: ESSI ) shed 1.79% or 2.05 points to 112.35.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Dassault Systemes (PA: DAST ) which rose 6.59% to 99.00, Ipsos (PA: ISOS ) which was up 4.36% to settle at 32.10 and Peugeot SA (PA: PEUP ) which gained 3.10% to close at 18.65.

The worst performers were BIC (PA: BICP ) which was down 9.43% to 83.60 in late trade, Eurofins Scientific (PA: EUFI ) which lost 3.62% to settle at 506.00 and Biomerieux SA (PA: BIOX ) which was down 3.41% to 73.70 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 292 to 290 and 93 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 5.58% to 15.16 a new 3-month high.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.21% or 2.80 to $1345.90 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.14% or 0.74 to hit $65.47 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.75% or 0.52 to trade at $69.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.58% to 1.2485, while EUR/GBP rose 0.17% to 0.8762.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.38% at 88.61.

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