Oil companies led on the upside, but were outweighed by utilities and travel companies.
Miners racked up strong gains on Friday, with cigarette companies sparking higher too.
Life insurers were in the pink again on Thursday, while the retailers were flat despite strong industry data.
A rise in copper prices drove gains for miners on Wednesday, while utilities companies led on the downside.
Tobacco and tech stocks led on the downside on Tuesday, while the mining and non-life insurance sectors were the big risers.
Utilities were the most noticeable climbers on Monday, led by the electricity sector and with water companies joining in.
Industrial stocks were big movers up and down, with transport stocks among the fallers, while industrial metals and engineers were on the rise.
London's equity benchmarks were little moved on Thursday afternoon, with mining and industrial gains cancelled out .
Investors could not shake their addiction to tobacco stocks, with British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands spiking higher on Wednesday.
Tobacco companies were both down around 3%, extending recent falls amid concerns around emerging markets.
Miners and industrial metals players were heading lower at the start of the week as base metals prices were beaten down further, amid trade tensions and emerging market concerns.
Home Construction and Auto & Parts stocks are among the weakest areas of the market on Tuesday, with the former getting slammed after a weak reading on activity in the sector, against a backdrop of ongoing negative news-flow around the state of the Brexit negotiations, and the former weighed down by global trade uncertainty.
Commodity stocks were broadly higher at the start of the week despite a slightly weaker-than-expected reading on a key survey for the Chinese manufacturing sector, possibly as investors bid their time ahead of the return of US investors from their summer break, on Tuesday, and following selling at the end of the prior week.
Cyclicals were clearly unwanted heading into the long Memorial Day weekend in the States with Software issues at the bottom of the pile, as investors recoiled at a warning from Sage.
Some of the sectors with the greatest exposure to positive headlines on international trade, such as Automobiles and Food producers (TI Fluid and Tate&Lyle), were again pacing gains in the market place on Wednesday.
News that the US and Mexico had agreed to make modifications to the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared to boost investor sentiment on Tuesday, with shares of miners and steel outfits deriving the greatest benefit, amid hopes that it might herald progress in talks with other trading partners.
Cyclicals are pacing gains on a quiet day of summer trading on Wednesday, with analyst chatter dictating market moves, with what traders are left about in the City for the most part opting to sit on their hands ahead of tomorrow's expected conclusion, for now, of two days of trade talks between China and the US, even as they mull over the potential implications of the political storm unfolding over Capitol Hill.
Oil equipment and services stood out on Tuesday on the back of a strong set of results for John Wood Group.
Miners were the main driving force on London markets on Monday, boosted by rising metals prices.