France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.57%

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France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.57% – France equities were lower at the close on Wednesday, as losses in the Basic Materials , Oil & Gas and Industrials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.57%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.65%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Kering SA (PA: PRTP ), which rose 4.61% or 20.20 points to trade at 458.40 at the close. STMicroelectronics NV (PA: STM ) added 2.95% or 0.520 points to end at 18.175 and Atos SE (PA: ATOS ) was up 2.35% or 2.55 points to 111.25 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA: MICP ), which lost 3.83% or 4.60 points to trade at 115.55 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS: MT ) declined 3.15% or 0.905 points to end at 27.815 and Schneider Electric SE (PA: SCHN ) shed 2.61% or 1.98 points to 73.94.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were BIC (PA: BICP ) which rose 5.08% to 83.70, Kering SA (PA: PRTP ) which was up 4.61% to settle at 458.40 and Eurofins Scientific (PA: EUFI ) which gained 3.73% to close at 422.20.

The worst performers were Solocal Group SA (PA: LOCAL ) which was down 10.63% to 1.051 in late trade, Tarkett (PA: TKTT ) which lost 7.48% to settle at 23.26 and Vallourec (PA: VLLP ) which was down 5.97% to 4.837 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 371 to 180 and 97 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 9.94% to 13.28.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.71% or 9.50 to $1323.50 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.12% or 0.08 to hit $67.78 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 0.38% or 0.28 to trade at $73.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.43% to 1.2180, while EUR/GBP fell 0.16% to 0.8737.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.42% at 90.94.

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