France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.38%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.38%, while the SBF 120 index climbed 0.14%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Air Liquide SA (PA:AIRP), which rose 5.28% or 6.25 points to trade at 124.70 at the close. Meanwhile, Hermes International SCA (PA:HRMS) added 4.83% or 31.00 points to end at 672.80 and Danone SA (PA:DANO) was up 4.54% or 2.66 points to 61.26 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW), which fell 10.13% or 6.62 points to trade at 58.72 at the close. Peugeot SA (PA:PEUP) declined 5.85% or 0.79 points to end at 12.63 and Bouygues SA (PA:BOUY) was down 4.66% or 1.41 points to 28.85.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Metropole Television SA (PA:MMTP) which rose 8.94% to 10.60, SES (PA:SESFd) which was up 8.93% to settle at 5.83 and Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA (PA:STDM) which gained 6.53% to close at 200.80.

The worst performers were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) which was down 10.13% to 58.72 in late trade, Klepierre SA (PA:LOIM) which lost 8.48% to settle at 17.64 and Covivio SA (PA:CVO) which was down 8.21% to 59.25 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 351 to 254 and 67 ended unchanged.

Shares in Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA (PA:STDM) rose to all time highs; rising 6.53% or 12.30 to 200.80.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 10.01% to 38.36 a new 1-month low.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.26% or 4.60 to $1766.00 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 6.74% or 1.51 to hit $20.90 a barrel, while the June Brent oil contract fell 5.42% or 1.72 to trade at $30.02 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.48% to 1.0965, while EUR/GBP fell 0.23% to 0.8698.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 98.972.

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