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LONDON MARKETS: FTSE 100 Notches Best Day In 8 Months As Energy And Mining Shares Gain

28/12/2018 6:35pm

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By Emily Horton

London's benchmark has been up in two of the past three weeks

London's main bourse registered its best daily gain in about eight months on Friday, with major oil companies and mining stocks driving gains. (CNA.LN)

What did markets do?

The U.K.'s FTSE 100 rose in line with other European markets, with most well over 1%. The index advanced 2.2% to 6,733.97, after finishing down 1.5% on Thursday. In a shortened, but volatile, week of trade. For the week, the FTSE 100 climbed by 0.2%.

The pound climbed to $1.2691 from $1.2643 late Thursday in New York.

What is driving the markets?

Despite a wild week of trading in the U.S., equities there managed to rebound Thursday, with gains set to continue into Friday's session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average erased a sharp loss ( on Thursday that knocked 611 points, or 2.7%, off the blue-chip gauge at one point.

But investors remain wary after Wall Street's recent oscillations in stocks, with Asian markets managing only cautious gains ( Friday.

( earlier gain Friday in oil prices also helped push heavily weighed energy companies higher. (

What stocks are active?

Engineer Melrose Industries PLC (MRO.LN) jumped 4.1%, energy company Centrica PLC (CNA.LN) gained 3.4% and oil-services group John Wood (WG.LN)finished the session with a 4.3% gain. BP PLC (BP.LN) (BP.LN) advanced 3.5%.

Mining stocks also rose, with Anglo American PLC (AAL.LN) up 2.3% and shares of Rio Tinto (RIO.LN) (RIO.LN) climbing 1.4%.


(END) Dow Jones Newswires

December 28, 2018 13:20 ET (18:20 GMT)

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