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London stocks perked up late on Tuesday as the pound fell on new Brexit fears ahead of a key parliamentary vote and expectations of rising US interest rates, with the latest UK jobs data seemingly doing little to nudge markets either way.
London stocks tripped up on Monday as weaker oil prices weighed on the energy sector, the pound made a stuttering recovery from losses last week and warnings about global growth from China and the IMF.
London stocks finished higher on Friday, but was off their best levels of the session, as the pound recovered from an early bout of selling, after US President Donald Trump backtracked on remarks he made overnight that the Prime Minister's soft Brexit plan would "probably kill" any trade deal with the US.
London stocks coped admirably well with England's post-World Cup hangover on Thursday, recouping much of the heavy losses taken the previous session, with gains capped as the pound rose on the publication of the government's Brexit white paper.
London stocks finished firmly in the red on Wednesday as trade tensions between the US and China ramped up a notch after Donald Trump followed through on his threat to slap tariffs on an extra $200bn of Chinese goods.
London stocks and the pound were range-bound on Tuesday as investors where overwhelmed by a confusing political backdrop and a slew of UK economic data.
London stocks climbed at the start of the week, as news that the Brexit secretary and foreign minister had resigned sapped the pound's strength, boosting shares on the Footsie, with the second-tier index also higher on bets that some kind of softer Brexit was now likely on the cards despite David Davis's and Boris Johnson's decision to leave.
London stocks recovered from early selling after reciprocal trade sanctions between the US and China kicked-in overnight, helped by a better-than-expected reading on the state of the US jobs market in June.
London stocks were mired in the red on Wednesday as the pound ticked higher on the back of better-than-expected services data and with global trade concerns still weighing on investor sentiment.
London stocks had a productive Tuesday as investors set aside their worries about a trade war, although heavy losses for Glencore and a banking wobble kept a cap on gains.
London stocks finished firmly in the red on Monday, despite continuing weakness in Sterling, with miners under pressure and investors increasingly nervous about escalating trade tensions.
London's top flight index trimmed its early gains as the pound shot higher following an upward revision to first-quarter UK growth figures.
An up-and-down day for London stocks on Thursday ended up only slightly below water, as the extra buoyancy from a weaker pound helped even out worries over President Trump's trade plans.
London stocks ran higher following reports that the Trump administration had decided to use solely existing legislation to curb Chinese investments in the country, foregoing the use of alternate methods.
London stocks on Tuesday recouped just over a quarter of the previous day's sharp losses as energy and resources led a modest rally, though gains were limited as trade war worries continued to weigh on investors' minds.
London stocks cratered on Monday, with miners under the cosh as investors grew increasingly jittery following reports of more trade threats from US President Trump.
London stocks bounced back at the end of the week, recovering from the previous session's losses, after OPEC delivered an increase in output that came in on the low side of analysts' expectations.
London stocks gave back two days' gains on Thursday as the pound rebounded after the Bank of England took a surprisingly more hawkish turn, which also hit housebuilding stocks.
London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, but well off their best levels of the day, as investors put their concerns about the US-China trade spat to one side, at least for now.