France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.50% By

© Reuters. France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.50% – France stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the added 0.50% to hit a new 5-year high, while the index added 0.42%.

The best performers of the session on the were Total SA (PA:), which rose 2.24% or 0.87 points to trade at 39.69 at the close. Meanwhile, Airbus Group SE (PA:) added 1.78% or 1.94 points to end at 110.70 and Renault SA (PA:) was up 1.65% or 0.56 points to 34.58 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Vivendi SA (PA:), which fell 1.35% or 0.40 points to trade at 29.21 at the close. Worldline SA (PA:) declined 1.00% or 0.78 points to end at 76.99 and Teleperformance SE (PA:) was down 0.92% or 2.90 points to 312.70.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were TechnipFMC PLC (PA:) which rose 7.74% to 7.79, Solutions 30 SE (PA:) which was up 5.76% to settle at 4.89 and Gaztransport et Technigaz SA (PA:) which gained 4.48% to close at 70.00.

The worst performers were Valneva (PA:) which was down 4.73% to 11.070 in late trade, Neoen SA (PA:) which lost 3.31% to settle at 32.70 and Sartorius Stedim Biotech SA (PA:) which was down 3.17% to 342.40 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 295 to 285 and 75 ended unchanged.

Shares in Airbus Group SE (PA:) rose to 52-week highs; gaining 1.78% or 1.94 to 110.70.

The , which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was unchanged 0% to 18.96 a new 3-months low.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.17% or 3.25 to $1908.25 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in July rose 1.30% or 0.88 to hit $68.60 a barrel, while the August Brent oil contract rose 1.21% or 0.85 to trade at $71.10 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.01% to 1.2212, while EUR/GBP fell 0.14% to 0.8616.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.09% at 89.898.

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