France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.14%

France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.14%  | Mar 18, 2019 18:35

France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.14% – France equities were higher at the close on Monday, as gains in the Technology, Consumer Goods and Healthcare sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.14% to hit a new 3-month high, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.13%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR), which rose 2.57% or 0.284 points to trade at 11.326 at the close. Societe Generale SA (PA:SOGN) added 2.47% or 0.68 points to end at 27.97 and ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) was up 2.22% or 0.424 points to 19.550 in late trade.

Biggest losers included STMicroelectronics NV (PA:STM), which lost 2.53% or 0.370 points to trade at 14.250 in late trade. Dassault Systemes SE (PA:DAST) declined 1.96% or 2.60 points to end at 129.95 and EssilorLuxottica SA (PA:ESLX) shed 1.13% or 1.20 points to 105.20.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Aperam SA (AS:APAM) which rose 2.92% to 28.59, Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR) which was up 2.57% to settle at 11.326 and Societe Generale SA (PA:SOGN) which gained 2.47% to close at 27.97.

The worst performers were Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA:CASP) which was down 4.76% to 39.04 in late trade, Trigano SA (PA:TRIA) which lost 4.05% to settle at 84.20 and Neopost SA (PA:NPOS) which was down 3.50% to 22.60 at the close.

Advancing stocks outnumbered falling ones by 306 to 266 and 96 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 2.00% to 13.29.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.02% or 0.25 to $1302.65 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 0.83% or 0.49 to hit $59.31 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.46% or 0.31 to trade at $67.47 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.06% to 1.1332, while EUR/GBP rose 0.56% to 0.8567.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 96.040.

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