French Stock Market Spread Betting Guide (CAC 40)
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CAC 40 Spread Betting

CAC 40 Spread Betting



Indicative CAC 40 Prices














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Above, indicative prices from Capital Spreads.


Where Can I Spread Bet on the CAC 40?


At the moment, investors can spread bet on the CAC 40 with these firms:

French Stock Market Analysis and Trading News


Date Trading Update
19-Jan-17 [7:49am]

French CAC 40 Daily Trading News

  • The French CAC 40 is currently trading at 4,850.3.
  • Overnight, the market closed down -5.0pts (-0.10%) at 4,859.3.
30 Minute Indicator Analysis

Neutral Stock Market The stock market index is above the 20 period MA of 4,846.8 and below the 50 period MA of 4,854.4.

1 Day Indicator Analysis

Neutral Stock Market The stock index is below the 20DMA of 4,871.0 and above the 50DMA of 4,729.0.

Update by Gordon Childs, Editor, CleanFinancial
14-Dec-15 [10:25am] Sarkozy Success in French Elections Boosts French CAC 40

Positive Chinese economic data, a win for moderates in French regional elections and no dramatic oil prices declines - yet - have helped European markets rebound from the steepest weekly decline since August.

The FTSE 100 leaped back through the 6000 level but looks vulnerable while beneath Friday's open.

The German DAX reached over 10,440 but is off the highs.

A return to conservative politics in the second round of regional elections in France with ex-President Sarkozy's party The Republicans asserting itself is being taken well by markets.

The French CAC is the best performing stock index in Europe on Monday.

US stocks look set to rebound from the rout on Friday that saw the Dow Jones drop over 300 points with a positive open.

Update by Jasper Lawler, Market Analyst, CMC Markets
24-Aug-15 [3:19pm] Worst Day Since 2009?

The wave of red that turned up with the US open took its toll on the European markets, which had spent the morning gradually doubling their losses in anticipation of the Wall Street bell.

The FTSE, DAX and CAC are facing the worst single day since 2009, with the UK now looking at around a ?70 billion loss in value on this Monday alone.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
20-Aug-15 [11:24am] Eurozone Indices

The Eurozone indices fared a bit worse than the FTSE this morning, with the DAX teetering on the edge of 3 digit losses and the CAC posting its own 1% decline.

This despite the fact that Greece paid back the ECB on time, an event that would have once caused indices-wide jubilation; oh what a fickle mistress the market is.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex
04-Aug-15 [8:33am] European Markets

After posting healthy gains on Monday the DAX and CAC began to give back some of that growth after the bell, with a quiet day on the horizon for the Eurozone.

Better than expected Spanish unemployment data effectively sees the region use up all its Tuesday data, meaning there is little to interest investors until tomorrow' services PMI.

Or, of course, any surprises from Greece.

Update by Connor Campbell, Financial Analyst, Spreadex

» For more see Stock Market Trading News & Analysis.

Readers please note:


Where Can I Find Live Spread Betting Prices and Charts for the CAC 40?


We do show reasonably accurate spread betting prices above, see CAC 40 prices.

The live CFD chart below also provides readers with a useful insight into the French stock market.


The above chart, provided by Plus500, usually tracks the near-term CAC 40 futures price.

If you want live financial spread betting charts and prices for the CAC 40, you will generally need a financial spread betting account.

Also, a spreads account gives you access to shorter-term/spot CAC markets. Note that accounts are subject to status and suitability checks.

Should your application be approved then, once logged on, you will be able to view the real-time trading charts and prices. On most platforms, these will be free. What's the catch? You might receive the occasional email or sales call from your chosen financial spread betting provider.

If you do decide to trade then, before you start, you should be aware that financial spread betting and contracts for difference involve a high degree of risk to your capital and losses could exceed your initial investment.

Advanced Charting Packages for the CAC 40


Though the charting packages tend to vary from firm to firm, to help you with your technical analysis, the majority of charts come with useful tools such as:
  • A wide range of time periods such as 1 minute, 3 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 day etc.
  • Drawing tools and features such as trendlines, Fibonacci fans, arcs and time zones
  • A variety of chart types such as line charts and candlestick charts

Charts offered by FinancialSpreads.com also have more advanced features such as:
  • Custom Indicators, Back Testing and Analysis tools
  • Custom Alerts for when your chosen market hits a pre-set level
  • Key overlays such as EMAs, MAs, Ichimoku Clouds, Wilder's Smoothing etc.
  • A wide selection of indicators such as Standard Deviation, Range Indicator, Stochastic, Chaikin Volatility, Forecast Oscillator, Volume Index etc.

French CAC 40 Stock Market Chart

CAC 40 Trading Guide - Example Chart


The spread trading firms listed below offer users real-time charts and prices:
Advert: French Stock Market Spread Betting, sponsored by FinancialSpreads.com.
You can spread bet on the CAC 40 with Financial Spreads.


Where Can I Spread Bet on the CAC 40 for Free?


Trading the stock markets always involves a degree of risk, however, if you'd like to open a Demo Account, that lets you trial spread trading, then see below for more details.

When thinking about which investment option might work for you, also remember that financial spread betting in the UK is free of capital gains tax, stamp duty and income tax*.

If you want to try a free trading platform then note that you can speculate on the CAC 40 without paying any brokers' fees via:

Free Demo Account


If you want to open a free Test Account to try financial spread betting, including markets like the CAC 40, then have a closer look at: All of the above spread trading firms offer a risk free Demo Account that lets investors access professional level charts, apply a variety of orders and try out new trading theories.


How to Spread Bet on the CAC 40

How to Spread Bet on the CAC 40?


As with a wide variety of global financial markets, it is possible to spread bet on indices, such as the CAC 40, to either increase or decrease.

If we go to a platform like InterTrader, we can see they are currently valuing the CAC 40 Rolling Daily market at 3531.3 - 3532.3. As a result, you can put a spread bet on the CAC 40 market:

  CAC 40 Trading Example Rising above 3532.3, or
  CAC 40 Spread Trading Example Falling below 3531.3

When spread betting on the CAC 40 index you trade in x per point. Therefore, if you chose to have a stake of 5 per point and the CAC 40 moves 35 points then that would change your profit/loss by 175. 5 per point x 35 points = 175.

Rolling Daily Index Markets

One important thing to note is that this is a Rolling Daily Market and so there is no closing date for this market. If your position is still open at the end of the day, it will roll over to the next session.

If your spread bet does roll over and you are speculating on the market to:

  CAC 40 Spread Trading Example Go higher - then you will often be charged a small financing fee, or
  CAC 40 Spread Trading Example Go lower - then you'll often receive a small payment to your account

For a more detailed example see Rolling Daily Spread Betting.


CAC 40 Trading Example 1


Let's take the above spread of 3531.3 - 3532.3 and make the assumptions:
  • You have done your analysis of the French stock market, and
  • You feel that the CAC 40 index will move above 3532.3
If so, you may decide to buy at 3532.3 for a stake of 3 per point.

With such a spread bet you make a profit of 3 for every point that the CAC 40 index increases higher than 3532.3. Of course, it also means that you will lose 3 for every point that the CAC 40 market decreases below 3532.3.

Looked at another way, if you Buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is calculated by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the spread at. You then multiply that difference in price by the stake.

As a result, if after a few hours the French index started to move upwards then you could choose to close your spread bet in order to secure your profit.

Therefore, if the French stock market moved up then the spread, set by the spread trading company, might change to 3572.9 - 3573.9. In order to close your position you would sell at 3572.9. Accordingly, with the same 3 stake you would calculate your profit as:

P&L = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = (3572.9 - 3532.3) x 3 per point stake
P&L = 40.6 x 3 per point stake
P&L = 121.80 profit

Speculating on stock market indices, whether by spread betting or otherwise, is not simple. In this example, you wanted the index to increase. Nevertheless, it might decrease.

If the CAC 40 index had started to drop then you might decide to settle/close your position in order to restrict your losses.

If the market dropped to 3486.4 - 3487.4 then you would settle your position by selling at 3486.4. Accordingly, your loss would be:

P&L = (Settlement Price - Initial Price) x stake
P&L = (3486.4 - 3532.3) x 3 per point stake
P&L = -45.9 x 3 per point stake
P&L = -137.70 loss

Note - CAC 40 Rolling Daily spread betting market correct as of 28-Nov-12.


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You can spread bet on the CAC 40 with Financial Spreads.


How to Spread Bet on the France 40

How to Spread Bet on the France 40 - Example 2


Looking at a spread trading site like Capitalspreads, you can see they are offering the France 40 Rolling Daily market at 3442.0 - 3443.0. Therefore, you can put a spread bet on the France 40 index:

  France 40 Spread Trading Example Increasing above 3443.0, or
  France 40 Trading Example Decreasing below 3442.0

When spread trading on the France 40 index you trade in x per point. So, if you invest 2 per point and the France 40 moves 31 points then that would be a difference to your bottom line of 62. 2 per point x 31 points = 62.

Now, if we think about the spread of 3442.0 - 3443.0 and assume:
  • You've completed your stock market analysis, and
  • Your analysis suggests the France 40 index will go above 3443.0
Then you might decide to go long of the market at 3443.0 and risk, lets say, 2 per point.

With such a spread bet you win 2 for every point that the France 40 index pushes higher than 3443.0. On the other hand, it also means you will lose 2 for every point that the France 40 market moves below 3443.0.

Looked at another way, if you were to buy a spread bet then your profit/loss is found by taking the difference between the closing price of the market and the initial price you bought the market at. You then multiply that difference in price by your stake.

Therefore, if after a few days the French stock market started to increase then you might think about closing your trade in order to guarantee your profit.

Taking this a step further, if the market rose then the spread, set by the spread trading company, might change to 3489.5 - 3490.5. You would settle your position by selling at 3489.5. So, with the same 2 stake your profit would be calculated as:

P&L = (Settlement Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = (3489.5 - 3443.0) x 2 per point stake
P&L = 46.5 x 2 per point stake
P&L = 93.00 profit

Trading indices, whether by spread betting or not, is not straightforward. With the above, you wanted the French index to increase. However, the index could fall.

If the France 40 market began to drop then you might choose to close your position to limit your losses.

So if the spread fell to 3389.6 - 3390.6 then this means you would settle your position by selling at 3389.6. If so, your loss would be calculated as:

P&L = (Settlement Level - Initial Level) x stake
P&L = (3389.6 - 3443.0) x 2 per point stake
P&L = -53.4 x 2 per point stake
P&L = -106.80 loss

Note: France 40 Rolling Daily spread betting market accurate as of 18-Oct-12.


Spread Betting on French Companies


Simply click on the company you're interested in spread betting on.

As well as live charts and prices, we talk you through the most popular spread betting questions for that French company:

Company Name Symbol French Shares
Spread Betting Guides »
Charts &
Prices
AXA CS AXA Spread Betting Guide CS Prices and Chart
BNP Paribas BNP BNP Paribas Spread Betting Guide BNP Prices and Chart
Cap Gemini CAP Cap Gemini Spread Betting Guide CAP Prices and Chart
Carrefour CA Carrefour Spread Betting Guide CA Prices and Chart
Credit Agricole ACA Credit Agricole Spread Betting Guide ACA Prices and Chart
Danone BN Danone Spread Betting Guide BN Prices and Chart
EADS EAD EADS Spread Betting Guide EAD Prices and Chart
EDF EDF EDF Spread Betting Guide EDF Prices and Chart
France Telecom FTE France Telecom Spread Betting Guide FTE Prices and Chart
GDF Suez GSZ GDF Suez Spread Betting Guide GSZ Prices and Chart
L'Oreal OR L'Oreal Spread Betting Guide OR Prices and Chart
LVMH MC LVMH Spread Betting Guide MC Prices and Chart
Michelin ML Michelin Spread Betting Guide ML Prices and Chart
Orange ORA Orange Spread Betting Guide ORA Prices and Chart
Pernod Ricard RI Pernod Ricard Spread Betting Guide RI Prices and Chart
Publicis PUB Publicis Spread Betting Guide PUB Prices and Chart
Renault RNO Renault Spread Betting Guide RNO Prices and Chart
Societe Generale GLE Societe Generale Spread Betting Guide GLE Prices and Chart
Total FP Total Spread Betting Guide FP Prices and Chart
Vivendi VIV Vivendi Spread Betting Guide VIV Prices and Chart


Individual Shares Spread Betting Guides


For more individual equities guides, also see:


Advert: French Stock Market Spread Betting, sponsored by FinancialSpreads.com.
You can spread bet on the CAC 40 with Financial Spreads.


Trading Risk Warning
'French Stock Market Spread Betting' edited by Jacob Wood, updated 19-Jan-17

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