RISERS AND FALLERS
FTSE 100 shares looked to break a four-day losing streak on Friday, boosted by a weaker pound and with broker upgrades providing some optimism among the gloomy retail updates.
London's FTSE 250 was down 0. 1% to 20,652. 10 in afternoon trade on Friday, with retailers in focus.
Shares in motor rescue and insurance group AA were under the cosh on Thursday as Barclays retained its 'overweight' stance on the group but slashed the price target to 200p from 270p as it lowered its 2019 EBITDA forecasts.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 5% to 7,690. 03 in afternoon trade on Thursday, succumbing to a bout of profit-taking and led lower by a stronger pound.
London stocks were still in the red by midday on Wednesday, weighed down by disappointing updates from the likes of Burberry and Pearson, while Informa tumbled on news of a merger with UBM.
London's FTSE 250 was down 0. 3% to 20,806. 45 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, with deal news in focus.
London's mid cap stock index remained in positive territory on Tuesday, outperforming its larger sibling thanks to gains from the likes of JD Sports and Savills.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 2% at 7,756. 69 in afternoon trade on Tuesday with miners dragging the index lower as investors digested the latest UK inflation figures.
London's FTSE 100 was down 0. 1% to 7,774. 47 in afternoon trade on Monday, with sentiment undermined by the collapse of contractor Carillion.
The fallout from the Carillion debacle showered the FTSE indices with casualties on Monday. On the 250 Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty, both partnered up in projects with the collapsed government contractor, saw their share prices fall as a result.
London's FTSE 250 was up 0. 75% to 20,894. 21 by late afternoon on Friday, led by shares fuelled by positive broker comment.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 3% to 7,788. 20 in afternoon trade on Friday, having hit a record intraday high of 7,790. 96 earlier, led higher by engineer GKN.
The FTSE was flat on Thursday as miners helped offset a heavy fall in Marks & Spencer shares and other retailers who piled in with gloomy trading updates.
The FTSE 250 was down 0. 2% to 20,727. 69 in afternoon trade on Thursday as investors sifted through trading updates.
Shares in trend fashion outlet Superdry were distinctly out of favour on Wednesday despite reporting booming online sales over the Christmas period.
London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 1% to 7,741. 79 in afternoon trade on Wednesday, with banks leading the advance.
Supermarket shares were the toast of the FTSE 100 as new figures showed they notched up the busiest shopping day ever recorded on the Friday before Christmas, selling £1bn more groceries than the year before.
London’s FTSE 250 was flat at 20,854. 85 in afternoon trade on Tuesday.