France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.83% – France stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Foods&Drugs, Gas&Water and General Financial sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 added 0.83% to hit a new 1-month high, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.84%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW), which rose 3.54% or 4.50 points to trade at 131.75 at the close. Meanwhile, Publicis Groupe SA (PA:PUBP) added 2.93% or 1.32 points to end at 46.43 and Atos SE (PA:ATOS) was up 2.91% or 2.08 points to 73.52 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Danone SA (PA:DANO), which fell 0.27% or 0.20 points to trade at 74.50 at the close. ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT) declined 0.14% or 0.022 points to end at 15.736 and Orange SA (PA:ORAN) was up 0.25% or 0.04 points to 13.87.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Mercialys SA (PA:MERY) which rose 3.85% to 11.61, Sopra Steria Group SA (PA:SOPR) which was up 3.80% to settle at 102.50 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) which gained 3.54% to close at 131.75.

The worst performers were Casino Guichard Perrachon SA (PA:CASP) which was down 5.03% to 30.00 in late trade, Groupe FNAC (PA:FNAC) which lost 1.51% to settle at 65.300 and Alstom SA (PA:ALSO) which was down 0.99% to 40.80 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 385 to 191 and 90 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.77% to 13.84.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.03% or 0.45 to $1412.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 0.25% or 0.15 to hit $59.28 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.14% or 0.09 to trade at $65.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was down 0.10% to 1.1357, while EUR/GBP fell 0.23% to 0.8946.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.06% at 95.803.

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