France shares greater at shut of commerce; CAC 40 up 0.66% – France stocks were higher after the close on Monday, as gains in the Gas & Water, General Financial and Foods & Drugs sectors led shares higher.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 0.66%, while the SBF 120 index gained 0.66%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Societe Generale SA (PA:SOGN), which rose 4.17% or 1.05 points to trade at 26.36 at the close. Meanwhile, Credit Agricole SA (PA:CAGR) added 2.70% or 0.286 points to end at 10.886 and Renault SA (PA:RENA) was up 2.69% or 1.54 points to 58.73 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Safran SA (PA:SAF), which fell 1.67% or 2.00 points to trade at 117.55 at the close. L’Oreal SA (PA:OREP) declined 0.79% or 1.80 points to end at 227.30 and WFD Unibail Rodamco NV (AS:URW) was down 0.44% or 0.64 points to 146.00.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Genfit (PA:GNFT) which rose 5.00% to 23.100, Elis Services SA (PA:ELIS) which was up 4.69% to settle at 14.30 and CGG SA (PA:GEPH) which gained 4.58% to close at 1.553.

The worst performers were Eurofins Scientific SE (PA:EUFI) which was down 3.58% to 360.60 in late trade, Neopost SA (PA:NPOS) which lost 3.54% to settle at 22.92 and CNP Assurances SA (PA:CNPP) which was down 2.60% to 19.500 at the close.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 346 to 224 and 106 ended unchanged.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 10.26% to 13.16.

Gold Futures for April delivery was down 0.50% or 6.55 to $1292.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April rose 1.28% or 0.72 to hit $56.79 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract rose 1.28% or 0.84 to trade at $66.58 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.04% to 1.1242, while EUR/GBP fell 1.05% to 0.8540.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.12% at 97.148.