France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.49% By

© Reuters. France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.49% – France stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the rose 0.49%, while the index added 0.53%.

The best performers of the session on the were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:), which rose 4.67% or 2.56 points to trade at 57.34 at the close. Meanwhile, ArcelorMittal SA (AS:) added 4.46% or 0.41 points to end at 9.53 and Capgemini SE (PA:) was up 4.30% or 3.96 points to 96.16 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Dassault Systemes SE (PA:), which fell 1.44% or 2.15 points to trade at 147.15 at the close. Legrand SA (PA:) declined 1.11% or 0.70 points to end at 62.50 and Danone SA (PA:) was down 1.00% or 0.62 points to 61.24.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were SES (PA:) which rose 8.73% to 6.80, Eutelsat Communications SA (PA:) which was up 5.03% to settle at 9.78 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:) which gained 4.67% to close at 57.34.

The worst performers were Europcar Groupe SA (PA:) which was down 4.55% to 2.02 in late trade, Virbac SA (PA:) which lost 3.96% to settle at 179.40 and BIC (PA:) which was down 2.10% to 45.72 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 317 to 268 and 86 ended unchanged.

The , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 11.34% to 38.40 a new 1-month high.

Gold Futures for August delivery was down 0.09% or 1.60 to $1738.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 0.30% or 0.11 to hit $36.45 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.09% or 0.42 to trade at $38.97 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.55% to 1.1235, while EUR/GBP rose 0.33% to 0.8992.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.56% at 97.280.

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