France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.33%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.33%, while the SBF 120 index added 0.44%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP), which rose 4.26% or 0.48 points to trade at 11.86 at the close. Meanwhile, Bouygues SA (PA:BOUY) added 4.02% or 0.98 points to end at 25.35 and Publicis Groupe SA (PA:PUBP) was up 3.45% or 0.87 points to 26.06 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dassault Systemes SE (PA:DAST), which fell 5.10% or 6.75 points to trade at 125.70 at the close. Capgemini SE (PA:CAPP) declined 4.51% or 3.32 points to end at 70.30 and Accor SA (PA:ACCP) was down 4.05% or 0.97 points to 23.00.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which rose 20.63% to 1.008, TechnipFMC PLC (PA:FTI) which was up 15.40% to settle at 6.83 and Vallourec (PA:VLLP) which gained 15.10% to close at 1.170.

The worst performers were Natixis (PA:CNAT) which was down 11.74% to 2.27 in late trade, Quadient SA (PA:QDT) which lost 9.03% to settle at 14.10 and SEB SA (PA:SEBF) which was down 7.31% to 107.70 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 303 to 271 and 74 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 6.57% to 41.85.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 2.83% or 45.00 to $1636.40 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May rose 24.32% or 4.94 to hit $25.25 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract rose 22.23% or 5.50 to trade at $30.24 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 1.10% to 1.0841, while EUR/GBP fell 0.98% to 0.8768.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.61% at 100.360.

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