France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.70%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.70%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.66%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Thales (PA:TCFP), which rose 3.02% or 3.40 points to trade at 116.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Dassault Systemes SE (PA:DAST) added 2.80% or 1.24 points to end at 45.58 and Capgemini SE (PA:CAPP) was up 2.78% or 5.55 points to 205.40 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were AXA SA (PA:AXAF), which fell 1.98% or 0.53 points to trade at 26.24 at the close. Societe Generale SA (PA:SOGN) declined 1.64% or 0.40 points to end at 24.00 and Vinci SA (PA:SGEF) was down 1.61% or 1.51 points to 92.15.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Solutions 30 SE (PA:S30) which rose 5.97% to 7.95, Mcphy Energy (PA:MCPHY) which was up 5.68% to settle at 20.09 and Inter Parfums Inc. (PA:IPAR) which gained 5.49% to close at 57.60.

The worst performers were CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which was down 4.81% to 1.00 in late trade, Vallourec (PA:VLLP) which lost 3.92% to settle at 11.53 and Klepierre SA (PA:LOIM) which was down 3.12% to 23.29 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 341 to 221 and 84 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was unchanged 0.00% to 18.96 a new 52-week high.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.42% or 8.10 to $1,931.80 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 2.42% or 2.40 to hit $101.67 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 1.80% or 1.88 to trade at $106.27 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.71% to 1.10, while EUR/GBP fell 0.61% to 0.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.37% at 98.99.