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