CAC 40 - Euronext Paris Benchmark Index

    What is the CAC 40?

    The CAC 40 is a stock index which contains 40 stocks that represent the many industries within the French markets.  These 40 stocks are traded on the Euronext Paris formerly known as the Paris Bourse and are some of the highest market cap stocks on the exchange.  The CAC is the French version of the Dow Jones Average. 

    History of CAC 40

    The CAC 40 was first released on December 21, 1987 with a base value of 1,000.  The index is reviewed quarterly by the Index Steering Committee and each company is ranked by the free float market capitalization system and the share turnover for the previous 12 months.  Each company must maintain a specific market cap relative to the share price and the number of shares outstanding.

    CAC 40 News Events

    • December 31, 1987 - CAC 40 began tracking the Paris Bourse with a base value of 1,000
    • September 4, 2000 - CAC 40 hit an all-time high of 6,922.23
    • October 6, 2008 - CAC 40 had worst percentage point drop of 9.04%

    Components of the CAC 40

    Below is the list of components of the CAC 40 as of 0ctober 22, 2008.

    AC - Accor
    AF - Air France
    AI - Air Liquide
    ALU - Alcatel-Lucent
    ALO - Alstom
    MTP - ArcelorMittal
    CS - AXA
    BNP - BNP Paribas
    EN - Bouygues
    CAP - Cap Gemini
    CA - Carrefour
    ACA - Credit Argicole
    BN - Danone
    DX - Dexia
    EAD - EADS
    EDF - EDF
    EF - Essilor International
    FTE - France Telecom
    OR - L'Oreal
    LG - Lafarge
    MMB - Lagardere SCA N
    MC - LVMH
    ML - Michelin
    RI - Pernod Ricard
    UG - Peugeot
    PP - PPR
    RNO - Renault
    SGO - Saint Gobain
    SAN - Sanofi-Aventis
    SU - Schneider Electric
    GLE - STE Generale
    STM - STMicroelectronics
    FP - Total
    UL - Unibail-Rodamco
    VK - Vallourec
    VIE - Veolia Environment
    DG - Vinci
    VIV - Vivendi

    CAC 40 Chart Example

    Below is a chart of example of the CAC 40.  Look at the plunge the index took during the credit crisis of 2008.

    CAC 40

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