France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 2.51%

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At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 2.51%, while the SBF 120 index added 2.60%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Airbus Group SE (PA:AIR), which rose 20.46% or 12.28 points to trade at 72.29 at the close. Meanwhile, Safran SA (PA:SAF) added 12.12% or 9.94 points to end at 91.92 and Capgemini SE (PA:CAPP) was up 9.18% or 6.66 points to 79.20 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Publicis Groupe SA (PA:PUBP), which fell 6.05% or 1.57 points to trade at 24.36 at the close. WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) declined 2.83% or 1.64 points to end at 56.34 and EssilorLuxottica SA (PA:ESLX) was down 2.14% or 2.40 points to 109.65.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Natixis (PA:CNAT) which rose 23.13% to 3.85, Airbus Group SE (PA:AIR) which was up 20.46% to settle at 72.29 and Europcar Groupe SA (PA:EUCAR) which gained 16.05% to close at 1.67.

The worst performers were Klepierre SA (PA:LOIM) which was down 8.02% to 19.77 in late trade, Euronext (PA:ENX) which lost 7.69% to settle at 72.00 and Tarkett (PA:TKTT) which was down 7.50% to 8.14 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 367 to 222 and 67 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 3.67% to 48.77.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 1.28% or 20.95 to $1654.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in May fell 7.39% or 1.81 to hit $22.68 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 4.24% or 1.16 to trade at $26.23 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 1.32% to 1.1024, while EUR/GBP fell 0.88% to 0.9075.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 1.32% at 99.665.

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