Miners were the main driving force on London markets on Monday, boosted by rising metals prices.
London stocks could not hold onto early gains on Friday to slip into the red, as most major miners and oil giants rumbled lower.
Some of the more defensive areas of the market figured prominently on the leaderboard as the weekend neared, despite a bounce in stocks amid news that China and the US were restarting trade talks and a better tone in emerging markets as the Turkish lira extended its recent rally into a third day.
The roof is caving in on miners again on Tuesday, amid fears that the recent rout in Turkish assets presages weakness in other emerging market economies.
Defensives were clearly in the lead on Tuesday, even as the top-flight index bounced back from its intra-day lows.
Commodity-related stocks were on the front foot at the start of the week, buoyed by the release of data in China that some analysts suggested might show that the authorities had "switched stance" and that the country's central bank had been leaning on the country's banks to lend more.
The roof caved in on steel stocks Evraz and Ferrexpo at the end of the week following a report that some Russian authorities favoured increasing taxes on mining companies and after the US raised steel tariffs on Turkey.
Cyclicals were pacing gains in the market on Thursday, with Industrial Engineering and Industrial Metals&Mining leading the advance.
Financials lent their weight to Wednesday's stockmarket advance, with Prudential at the head of the pack on the back of its latest half-year numbers.
Commodity-related stocks paced gains on Tuesday following the release of figures overnight showing that China's foreign exchange reserves didn't jump last month.
Cyclicals were at the bottom of the pile on Wednesday, with Miners and interest rate sensitive utilities seeing the steepest falls.
Cyclicals paced gains in the market place on Monday, as M&A chatter boosted stock in mobile telecommunications services vendor Vodafone.
Fixed line telecommunications providers were at the top of the leaderboard at the start of the week after news broke that the government would help finance the roll-out of full-fibre broadband services across the UK.
Leisure goods and tech stocks led the risers on a positive day for London stocks, while all food producers were in the red.
Commodities-related sectors were generally the worst hit in London on Wednesday after President Trump whipped out his latest trade bazooka, with only two sectors in positive territory.
Tech stocks were among the main risers on Tuesday, while utilities and telecoms again were the main presence on the downside.
Stock markets the world over were rallying amid a 'risk on' mood on Monday.
London stocks ended up almost flat on Friday, with utiliites on the up, while non-life insurers and food producers dragged.
Industrial metals & mining, industrial engineering and oil services sectors were all swathed in red on Wednesday, while telecoms stocks were generally ringing up gains.