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ance stocks higher at close of trade; CAC 40 up 1.25%

France stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the Industrial Transportation, Beverage and Leisure Goods sectors led shares higher. At the close in Paris, the CAC 40 gained 1.25%, while the SBF 120 index added 1.27%. The best performers of the session on the CAC 40 were Cap Gemini SA (PARIS:CAPP), which rose 3.66% or 3.03 points to trade at 85.91 at the close. Meanwhile, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (PARIS:LVMH) added 2.92% or 4.55 points to end at 160.40 and Pernod Ricard SA (PARIS:PERP) was up 2.63% or 2.70 points to 105.50 in late trade. The worst performers of the session were ArcelorMittal SA (AMS:ISPA), which fell 1.84% or 0.15 points to trade at 7.97 at the close. Total SA (PARIS:TOTF) declined 0.35% or 0.15 points to end at 44.38 and Lafargeholcim Ltd (PARIS:LHN) was down 0.28% or 0.17 points to 61.36. The top performers on the SBF 120 were Bollore SA (PARIS:BOLL) which rose 5.05% to 4.95, Sopra Steria Group SA (PARIS:SOPR) which was up 3.78% to settle at 100.00 and Cap Gemini SA (PARIS:CAPP) which gained 3.66% to close at 85.91. The worst performers were CGG (PARIS:GEPH) which was down 2.91% to 4.00 in late trade, Vallourec (PARIS:VLLP) which lost 2.31% to settle at 12.88 and ArcelorMittal SA (AMS:ISPA) which was down 1.84% to 7.97 at the close. Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the Paris Stock Exchange by 561 to 248 and 54 ended unchanged. Shares in Lafargeholcim Ltd (PARIS:LHN) fell to all time lows; losing 0.28% or 0.17 to 61.36. Shares in CGG (PARIS:GEPH) fell to 5-year lows; falling 2.91% or 0.12 to 4.00. Shares in Sopra Steria Group SA (PARIS:SOPR) rose to 5-year highs; up 3.78% or 3.64 to 100.00. Shares in Vallourec (PARIS:VLLP) fell to 5-year lows; falling 2.31% or 0.30 to 12.88. The CAC 40 VIX, which measures the implied volatility of CAC 40 options, was down 4.17% to 22.16. Gold for December delivery was down 0.70% or 7.90 to $1115.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in September fell 2.56% or 1.11 to hit $42.19 a barrel, while the October Brent oil contract fell 1.36% or 0.68 to trade at $49.50 a barrel. EUR/USD was down 0.19% to 1.1137, while EUR/GBP fell 0.08% to 0.7140. The US Dollar Index was up 0.22% at 96.49.