Investing.com – France stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Industrials, Utilities and Technology sectors led shares higher.
At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 1.79% to hit a new 3-months high, while the SBF 120 index added 1.64%.
The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Vivendi SA (PA:VIV), which rose 5.63% or 1.28 points to trade at 24.01 at the close. Meanwhile, Valeo SA (PA:VLOF) added 4.75% or 1.19 points to end at 26.26 and BNP Paribas SA (PA:BNPP) was up 4.19% or 1.70 points to 42.11 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Publicis Groupe SA (PA:PUBP), which fell 0.29% or 0.14 points to trade at 47.67 at the close. EssilorLuxottica SA (PA:ESLX) declined 0.28% or 0.30 points to end at 105.80 and Hermes International SCA (PA:HRMS) was down 0.11% or 0.60 points to 540.80.
The top performers on the SBF 120 were Bollore SA (PA:BOLL) which rose 6.68% to 3.704, Ipsen SA (PA:IPN) which was up 6.02% to settle at 125.10 and Plastic Omnium (PA:PLOF) which gained 5.73% to close at 24.56.
The worst performers were Eutelsat Communications SA (PA:ETL) which was down 5.96% to 17.68 in late trade, Electricite de France SA (PA:EDF) which lost 5.76% to settle at 13.99 and Groupe FNAC (PA:FNAC) which was down 4.57% to 64.700 at the close.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 352 to 211 and 105 ended unchanged.
Shares in Vivendi SA (PA:VIV) rose to 52-week highs; up 5.63% or 1.28 to 24.01. Shares in EssilorLuxottica SA (PA:ESLX) fell to 52-week lows; down 0.28% or 0.30 to 105.80.
The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 7.89% to 14.31.
Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.50% or 6.55 to $1320.45 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 2.11% or 1.15 to hit $55.56 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 2.31% or 1.49 to trade at $66.06 a barrel.
EUR/USD was down 0.23% to 1.1274, while EUR/GBP fell 0.64% to 0.8758.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.08% at 96.882.