France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 1.31%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 lost 1.31% to hit a new 6-months low, while the SBF 120 index fell 1.42%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Thales (PA:TCFP), which rose 6.64% or 7.15 points to trade at 114.80 at the close. Meanwhile, Dassault Systemes SE (PA:DAST) added 2.97% or 1.25 points to end at 43.39 and L’Oreal SA (PA:OREP) was up 1.62% or 5.45 points to 341.85 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW), which fell 8.77% or 5.12 points to trade at 53.29 at the close. Stellantis NV (PA:STLA) declined 6.37% or 0.88 points to end at 12.93 and Engie SA (PA:ENGIE) was down 5.89% or 0.63 points to 10.10.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eramet SA (PA:ERMT) which rose 13.12% to 127.60, CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which was up 9.81% to settle at 0.84 and Neoen SA (PA:NEOEN) which gained 9.27% to close at 35.12.

The worst performers were Coface (PA:COFA) which was down 12.19% to 8.50 in late trade, Solutions 30 SE (PA:S30) which lost 11.15% to settle at 6.13 and Elior Group (PA:ELIOR) which was down 9.00% to 2.87 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 525 to 97 and 47 ended unchanged.

Shares in Thales (PA:TCFP) rose to 3-years highs; up 6.64% or 7.15 to 114.80. Shares in WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) fell to 52-week lows; losing 8.77% or 5.12 to 53.29. Shares in Stellantis NV (PA:STLA) fell to 52-week lows; down 6.37% or 0.88 to 12.93. Shares in Engie SA (PA:ENGIE) fell to 52-week lows; losing 5.89% or 0.63 to 10.10. Shares in Eramet SA (PA:ERMT) rose to 3-years highs; up 13.12% or 14.80 to 127.60. Shares in Coface (PA:COFA) fell to 52-week lows; losing 12.19% or 1.18 to 8.50. Shares in Elior Group (PA:ELIOR) fell to all time lows; falling 9.00% or 0.28 to 2.87.

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 April delivery was up 1.07% or 21.10 to $1,987.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 3.59% or 4.15 to hit $119.83 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 5.18% or 6.12 to trade at $124.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.47% to 1.09, while EUR/GBP unchanged 0.42% to 0.83.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.47% at 99.14.