France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.31%

France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.31%  | Jun 20, 2019 18:00

France shares higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.31% – France equities were higher at the close on Thursday, as gains in the Foods & Drugs, Gas & Water and General Financial sectors propelled shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.31% to hit a new 1-month high, while the SBF 120 index added 0.21%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI), which rose 3.35% or 0.71 points to trade at 21.89 at the close. STMicroelectronics NV (PA:STM) added 2.40% or 0.355 points to end at 15.170 and Capgemini SE (PA:CAPP) was up 1.48% or 1.50 points to 103.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR), which lost 2.93% or 0.315 points to trade at 10.435 in late trade. Publicis Groupe SA (PA:PUBP) declined 2.48% or 1.26 points to end at 49.46 and Carrefour SA (PA:CARR) shed 2.41% or 0.41 points to 16.79.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Vallourec (PA:VLLP) which rose 6.82% to 2.442, CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which was up 4.25% to settle at 1.694 and TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI) which gained 3.35% to close at 21.89.

The worst performers were Natixis (PA:CNAT) which was down 11.76% to 3.480 in late trade, Air France KLM SA (PA:AIRF) which lost 4.38% to settle at 7.550 and Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA:CASP) which was down 3.65% to 31.70 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 299 to 266 and 92 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 0.22% to 13.68.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for August delivery was up 3.18% or 42.95 to $1391.75 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in August rose 5.34% or 2.88 to hit $56.85 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 3.83% or 2.37 to trade at $64.19 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.61% to 1.1293, while EUR/GBP rose 0.12% to 0.8889.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.42% at 96.172.

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