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London close: FTSE hits 10-day high after strong retail data

London stocks finished at a 10-day high on Thursday, lifted by miners, retailers and financials, while the pound given a boost by an unexpected jump in retail sales last month and Brexit hopes.

19 Sep
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London close: Footsie buoyed by miners

Stocks finished near their best levels of the session on the back of gains in miners' shares and as early strength in sterling wore off.

18 Sep
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London close: Shares struggle for direction amid trade tensions

London's stocks struggled for direction for a second day on Tuesday as investors seemed to shrug off the latest escalation in global trade tensions as the US and China both levied new tariffs on each other.

17 Sep
London close: Shares finish day little changed, despite trade concerns

London stocks finished the session little changed as trade concerns continued to weigh on investors' minds, with US President Trump set to slap tariffs on a further $200bn-worth of Chinese imports, possibly as soon as Monday evening.

14 Sep
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London close: Stocks finish week in the green, despite warnings around 'no deal' Brexit

London stocks finished higher on Friday, recovering from the previous session's drop, with housebuilders paring their losses and helped by a positive start to trading on Wall Street.

13 Sep
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London close: Shares slip as John Lewis sparks retail worries

The Bank of England acted as expected and trade tensions eased but London stocks lost territory on Thursday as weakness in the retail sector combined with late gains for the pound against the dollar.

12 Sep
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London close: Stocks jump on improved news on trade, rally in tobacco

London stocks shook off a profit warning from SSE, helped by news that the US is reaching out to Beijing before any decision on moving ahead with further trade tariffs is made and a sharp rally in tobacco stocks.

11 Sep
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London close: Trade jitters offset positive news on wage front

London stocks finished the Tuesday session slightly lower as UK jobs and wage data was overshadowed by news that China is set to ask the World Trade Organisation for permission to slap sanctions on the US.

10 Sep
London close: Shares eke out small gains despite another big jump in the pound

London stocks managed to stay afloat even as the European Union's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, held out the prospect of striking a deal with Westminster on Brexit in under two months' time, which sent the pound vaulting higher again.

07 Sep
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London close: Shares drop as pound pops higher again

London stocks fell for the fourth day in a row on Friday as the pound rallied, with investors jittery as they eyed global trade developments and the release of the latest non-farm payrolls report.

06 Sep
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London close: FTSE lurches to 20-week low as tech, oilers wobble

London's blue chip benchmark dropped to a 20-week low on Thursday amid lingering global trade concerns, softer oil prices and as a Wall Street tech wobble knocked UK digital peers.

05 Sep
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London close: FTSE falls to four month-low

London's blue chip stocks on Wednesday fell to their lowest finish since April as the pound sharply reversed earlier softness, oil prices weighed and UK business optimism remained low amid trade and geopolitical tensions.

04 Sep
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London close: Brexit concerns and weakness in miners takes its toll

London stocks finished in the red on Tuesday following the release of disappointing UK construction data and amid weakness in the mining sector.

03 Sep
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London close: Blue chips bolstered by slide in pound

London blue chips bounced back on Monday as the pound gave back some of its recent gains, weighed down by criticism of Theresa May's Brexit plans from EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and disappointing manufacturing data.

31 Aug
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London close: Trade concerns cap poor weak for Footsie

London stocks finished the week sharply lower as US President Trump's threat to ditch the World Trade Organisation and slap more tariffs on China sparked renewed worries about global trade, with gains in Whitbread on deal news failing to act as an offset.

30 Aug
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London close: Pound strength, weak data take their toll

London stocks retreated on Thursday as the pound held firm above $1. 30 and after data revealed that UK consumer lending growth slowed to its weakest since November 2015 last month.

29 Aug
London close: Stocks slump despite possible 'Brexit' breakthrough

London stocks slumped on Wednesday as the pound shot higher on hopes of a 'breakthrough' in its negotiations on Brexit with Brussels, although strategists were cautious.

28 Aug
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London close: Stocks play 'catch-up' with global bourses

London stocks played catch-up with the rest of global markets on Tuesday, with sentiment underpinned by news of a new trade deal between the US and Mexico, although not all analysts were buying into the news.

24 Aug
London close: Stocks gains on dovish comments by US Fed chair

London stocks eked out only small gains, boosted by a positive tone to trading on Wall Street's, where several of th main market gauges were notching up fresh record highs after US central bank chief Jerome Powell struck a relatively dovish note in his keynote speech at the Federal Reserve's annual Economic Symposium at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

23 Aug
London close: Stocks slip despite US dollar strength

London stocks finished on a mixed note on Thursday, with equity investors reluctant to make any big bets either way as they mulled the possibility of no-deal Brexit and given the uncertainty around the US-China trade talks that were then under way.