Wednesday, September 19, 2018

© Reuters.  France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.17%© Reuters. France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.17% – France stocks were lower after the close on Friday, as losses in the Financials, Utilities and Healthcare sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 0.17%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT), which rose 7.37% or 1.690 points to trade at 24.630 at the close. Meanwhile, Sodexo (PA:EXHO) added 1.31% or 1.35 points to end at 104.45 and Bouygues SA (PA:BOUY) was up 0.84% or 0.34 points to 40.23 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Societe Generale (PA:SOGN), which fell 2.20% or 1.06 points to trade at 47.32 at the close. Airbus Group SE (PA:AIR) declined 1.23% or 0.96 points to end at 77.20 and Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR) was down 1.14% or 0.170 points to 14.780.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) which rose 7.37% to 24.630, Altran Technologies (PA:ALTT) which was up 3.17% to settle at 15.925 and Rexel (PA:RXL) which gained 2.29% to close at 14.54.

The worst performers were Natixis (PA:CNAT) which was down 2.71% to 6.561 in late trade, Gemalto (AS:GTO) which lost 2.70% to settle at 32.10 and DBV Technologies (PA:DBV) which was down 2.61% to 81.330 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 295 to 290 and 109 ended unchanged.

Shares in Gemalto (AS:GTO) fell to 5-year lows; down 2.70% or 0.89 to 32.10.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 2.03% to 10.64.

Gold Futures for December delivery was up 0.55% or 7.07 to $1303.57 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November rose 1.72% or 0.87 to hit $51.47 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract rose 1.74% or 0.98 to trade at $57.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.12% to 1.1845, while EUR/GBP fell 0.22% to 0.8900.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.15% at 92.80.

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