Precious metals miners are heading up gains on the top flight index amid renewed geopolitical tensions on the Korean peninsula but as a group, miners are in the red, weighed down by falls in the likes of Antofagasta, Glencore, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto.
Retailers were the big drag on the FTSE 350 today as survey data showed households continued to show caution on spending.
Food producers were the top rising sector on Thursday thanks entirely to Associated British Foods, a major sugar producer, bread baker, food and ingredients producer under brands such as Twinings Ovaltine and Australia's George Weston Foods.
Food retailers led UK stocks higher on Wednesday amid a report about improving shop prices and a strong update from wholesaler and convenience store owner Booker.
Sterling spent Tuesday essentially listless thanks to the US Independence Day holiday casting a pall of malaise over global financial markets.
A late burst of selling just before the end of the session sufficed to send Europe's main equity indices lower given the thin trading volumes in stockmarkets on account of the 4 July holiday in the States.
Hunting and Worldpay led their respective sectors higher on a light day in terms of market events.
UK blue chips punched away through Monday to achieve a firmly positive close, helped by sterling's retreat against a stabilising US dollar.
Safe-haven gold dived as the US dollar stabilised on Monday, a marked swivel of the spotlight away from crude oil futures.
Miners and banks are doing best on the back of better than expected manufacturing data out of China and the euro area which appear to be stoking risk appetite at the start of the new quarter.
Banks pushed higher, tracking gains in their North American peers overnight on the heels of the latest US central bank stress test results and as government bond yields around the world continued their march higher.
Telecoms and grocers did best on Wednesday, buoyed by positive endorsements from analysts against a backdrop of selling in the more defensive corners of the market as central banks on this side of the Pond made more 'hawkish' sounding noises.
Sterling got a firm shove higher on Wednesday as Bank of England governor Mark Carney suddenly declared UK interest rates might need to be hiked.
Commodity price gains saw miners and Big Oil stocks pace gains as the US dollar dropped sharply, alongside grocers after key survey data showed tills were bursting.
Sterling enjoyed a minor rise on Tuesday on the back of Bank of England requiring lenders to beef up their cash buffer in case of bad debts.
A stronger sterling weighed on the FTSE on Tuesday, as it emerged the Bank of England will force banks to further bolster their capital buffers to deal with bad debts .
London shares closed higher after PM Theresa May crafted a confidence and supply deal with Northern Ireland's DUP from the flotsam and jetsam of her general election humiliation.
Miners were at the bottom of the pile as risk appetite seeped back into the market following a deal in Italy to avoid a 'bank run' on two of the country's lenders, according to analysts.