France stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 0.38%
France stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Industrials, Consumer Goods and Consumer Services sectors led shares higher.At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.38% to hit a new 3-months high, while the SBF 120 index added 0.39%.The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Atos SE (PA:ATOS), which rose 3.32% or 2.76 points to trade at 85.80 at the close. Meanwhile, Airbus Group SE (PA:AIR) added 2.10% or 2.34 points to end at 113.70 and Safran SA (PA:SAF) was up 1.48% or 1.75 points to 120.00 in late trade.The worst performers of the session were Accor SA (PA:ACCP), which fell 1.66% or 0.64 points to trade at 37.94 at the close. Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA (PA:SGOB) declined 1.64% or 0.54 points to end at 32.41 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) was down 0.95% or 1.36 points to 142.42.The top performers on the SBF 120 were Sopra Steria Group SA (PA:SOPR) which rose 17.80% to 106.90, Edenred (PA:EDEN) which was up 5.24% to settle at 39.80 and Television Francaise 1 SA (PA:TFFP) which gained 3.48% to close at 8.315.The worst performers were Europcar Groupe SA (PA:EUCAR) which was down 7.98% to 7.14 in late trade, Eramet SA (PA:ERMT) which lost 5.10% to settle at 49.16 and Eutelsat Communications SA (PA:ETL) which was down 4.73% to 18.22 at the close.Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 286 to 285 and 99 ended unchanged.Shares in Airbus Group SE (PA:AIR) rose to all time highs; gaining 2.10% or 2.34 to 113.70. Shares in Edenred (PA:EDEN) rose to all time highs; up 5.24% or 1.98 to 39.80. The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 1.29% to 14.16.Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.36% or 4.75 to $1332.55 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 0.60% or 0.34 to hit $57.30 a barrel, while the April Brent oil contract rose 0.07% or 0.05 to trade at $67.12 a barrel.EUR/USD was up 0.12% to 1.1347, while EUR/GBP fell 0.01% to 0.8681.The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.16% at 96.312.