U.K. Stocks Market Recap

by Warren Seah

The U.K. stocks wrapped up Friday with the FTSE 100 Index UKX, showing a positive trend by increasing 0.69% to reach 7,682.50.

Top Gainers

  • Pearson PLC (PSON): Leading the pack with a significant increase of 5.56%.
  • Endeavour Mining PLC (EDV): Shares surged by 3.84%.
  • Anglo American PLC (AAL): Also experienced a rise of 3.52%.
  • Standard Chartered PLC (STAN): The major international banks company saw a jump of 3.48%.
  • NatWest Group PLC (NWG): Banking firm showed a positive movement with a 3.22% increase.

Top Losers

  • Ocado Group PLC (OCDO): Witnessed the largest decrease at -6.92%.
  • Whitbread PLC (WTB): Hotels firm experienced a decline of 1.97%.
  • Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (HIK): Pharmaceutical company’s shares fell by 1.70%.
  • Bunzl PLC (BNZL): Wholesalers company registered a decrease of 1.55%.
  • Melrose Industries PLC (MRO): Building materials/products firm observed a decline of 1.45%.

Currency and Commodity Movement

  • The pound showed a slight uptick of 0.17% against the dollar and a decrease of 0.03% against the euro.
  • Brent crude rallied by 2.8% to reach $84.24.
  • The yield on the 10-year gilt declined by 0.510 basis points to 4.216%.

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