France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.33%

France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.33%  | Apr 25, 2019 18:00

France shares lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.33% – France equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil & Gas, Utilities and Basic Materials sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 declined 0.33%, while the SBF 120 index fell 0.42%.

The biggest gainers of the session on the CAC 40 were Carrefour SA (PA:CARR), which rose 3.55% or 0.59 points to trade at 17.35 at the close. Atos SE (PA:ATOS) added 1.22% or 1.14 points to end at 94.70 and Air Liquide SA (PA:AIRP) was up 1.02% or 1.20 points to 119.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP), which lost 3.05% or 0.74 points to trade at 23.55 in late trade. ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) declined 1.81% or 0.364 points to end at 19.796 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA:STM) shed 1.66% or 0.280 points to 16.560.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Carrefour SA (PA:CARR) which rose 3.55% to 17.35, DBV Technologies (PA:DBV) which was up 2.60% to settle at 17.340 and Mercialys SA (PA:MERY) which gained 2.41% to close at 12.74.

The worst performers were BIC (PA:BICP) which was down 7.89% to 76.50 in late trade, Ipsen SA (PA:IPN) which lost 4.95% to settle at 115.10 and Aperam SA (AS:APAM) which was down 4.20% to 27.85 at the close.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 348 to 224 and 83 ended unchanged on the Paris Stock Exchange.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 2.79% to 13.23.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.04% or 0.45 to $1279.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 0.21% or 0.14 to hit $65.75 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 0.39% or 0.29 to trade at $74.86 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.13% to 1.1137, while EUR/GBP fell 0.12% to 0.8632.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.00% at 97.857.

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