France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.12%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.12%, while the SBF 120 index added 0.19%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Eurofins Scientific SE (PA:EUFI), which rose 3.73% or 3.38 points to trade at 93.88 at the close. Meanwhile, Alstom SA (PA:ALSO) added 3.10% or 0.65 points to end at 21.63 and STMicroelectronics NV (PA:STM) was up 2.84% or 1.07 points to 38.71 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT), which fell 1.90% or 0.55 points to trade at 28.37 at the close. Sanofi SA (PA:SASY) declined 1.83% or 1.74 points to end at 93.29 and Societe Generale SA (PA:SOGN) was down 1.67% or 0.41 points to 24.50.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Biomerieux SA (PA:BIOX) which rose 5.10% to 100.75, Aeroports de Paris SA (PA:ADP) which was up 3.94% to settle at 132.05 and Soitec SA (PA:SOIT) which gained 3.86% to close at 166.90.

The worst performers were Getlink SE (PA:GETP) which was down 2.72% to 15.55 in late trade, Television Francaise 1 SA (PA:TFFP) which lost 2.69% to settle at 8.70 and Mercialys SA (PA:MERY) which was down 2.16% to 8.61 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 312 to 242 and 87 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 April delivery was down 0.66% or 12.90 to $1,930.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.28% or 1.32 to hit $104.30 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 0.72% or 0.77 to trade at $107.41 a barrel.

EUR/USD was unchanged 0.27% to 1.11, while EUR/GBP unchanged 0.57% to 0.84.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.21% at 98.18.