France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.40%

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© Reuters. France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.40%© Reuters. France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.40% – France stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the gained 0.40%, while the index added 0.35%.

The best performers of the session on the were TechnipFMC PLC (PA:), which rose 3.95% or 0.68 points to trade at 17.89 at the close. Meanwhile, ArcelorMittal SA (AS:) added 3.45% or 0.544 points to end at 16.328 and Societe Generale SA (PA:) was up 2.92% or 0.85 points to 30.11 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA:), which fell 2.12% or 0.500 points to trade at 23.030 at the close. Sodexo SA (PA:) declined 1.38% or 1.45 points to end at 103.85 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:) was down 1.25% or 1.75 points to 138.65.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were DBV Technologies (PA:) which rose 5.59% to 15.110, Faurecia (PA:) which was up 4.59% to settle at 49.91 and Valeo SA (PA:) which gained 4.49% to close at 33.76.

The worst performers were Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA:) which was down 4.15% to 43.60 in late trade, Virbac SA (PA:) which lost 3.65% to settle at 224.50 and Mercialys SA (PA:) which was down 2.40% to 11.78 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 319 to 245 and 96 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 6.96% to 13.80.

Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.20% or 2.90 to $1472.10 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in January rose 1.17% or 0.69 to hit $59.45 a barrel, while the February Brent oil contract rose 1.21% or 0.77 to trade at $64.49 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.15% to 1.1111, while EUR/GBP rose 0.50% to 0.8475.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.38% at 97.425.

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