France stocks lower at close of trade; CAC 40 down 0.64% – France stocks were lower after the close on Tuesday, as losses in the Technology, Utilities and Consumer Services sectors led shares lower.

At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 fell 0.64%, while the SBF 120 index declined 0.66%.

The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were ArcelorMittal SA (AS:MT), which rose 0.99% or 0.260 points to trade at 26.465 at the close. Meanwhile, Total SA (PA:TOTF) added 0.62% or 0.29 points to end at 46.88 and Compagnie Generale des Etablissements Michelin SCA (PA:MICP) was up 0.36% or 0.45 points to 125.70 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA:VIE), which fell 2.76% or 0.550 points to trade at 19.360 at the close. STMicroelectronics (PA:STM) declined 2.70% or 0.540 points to end at 19.460 and Lafargeholcim Ltd (PA:LHN) was down 2.03% or 0.93 points to 44.89.

The top performers on the SBF 120 were Eramet (PA:ERMT) which rose 4.01% to 124.50, Genfit (PA:GNFT) which was up 1.58% to settle at 25.700 and Aeroports De Paris SA (PA:ADP) which gained 1.31% to close at 185.60.

The worst performers were Iliad (PA:ILD) which was down 9.96% to 177.55 in late trade, Spie SA (PA:SPIE) which lost 2.87% to settle at 18.970 and Veolia Environnement VE SA (PA:VIE) which was down 2.76% to 19.360 at the close.

Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 342 to 199 and 109 ended unchanged.

Shares in Iliad (PA:ILD) fell to 52-week lows; down 9.96% or 19.65 to 177.55. Shares in Spie SA (PA:SPIE) fell to 52-week lows; down 2.87% or 0.560 to 18.970. Shares in Aeroports De Paris SA (PA:ADP) rose to all time highs; rising 1.31% or 2.40 to 185.60.

The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was up 6.81% to 14.44.

Gold Futures for April delivery was up 0.51% or 6.70 to $1327.50 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 1.37% or 0.84 to hit $60.52 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 0.69% or 0.45 to trade at $64.50 a barrel.

EUR/USD was up 0.49% to 1.2400, while EUR/GBP fell 0.07% to 0.8870.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.29% at 89.63.