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London stocks slipped, led lower by weakness in the housebuilding sector, as worries about Brexit and Sino-US relations weighed on investor sentiment.
London stocks finished the session little changed on Friday, even as sterling fell after Brexit talks between the government and the Labour party collapsed and a Chinese official indicated that no further trade talks with the US in the near-term.
London stocks ended in the green on Thursday, boosted by a weaker pound, as investors shrugged off heightening trade tensions between the US and China.
London stocks snapped higher following news that the US would postpone a decision on imports of foreign cars by at least six months and some positive headlines around US-China trade talks, but analysts remained of a clearly cautious bent.
London stocks recouped most of the prior day's downdraft as investors digested UK jobs data and somewhat constructive comments from the US President on the Sino-US trade spat.
London stocks retreated on Monday as Beijing and Washington exchanged threats of further tariffs in the wake of last week's largely unexpected stalemate in Sino-US trade talks, with defensive issues clearly in favour.
London stocks ended Friday in a mixed state, with the benchmark falling below the waterline during the afternoon, after data showed that UK economic growth picked up in the first quarter.
London stocks fell on Thursday amid growing concerns about Sino-US trade relations, after US President Trump blamed China for the breakdown in talks between the two nations, while ex-dividends also weighed.
London stocks managed to eke out a small bounce on Wednesday, even as investors sifted through disappointing updates from the likes of ITV, Imperial Brands and JD Wetherspoon, after the White House said it had received "an indication" from China that it wants to reach a trade deal.
London stocks finished sharply lower on Tuesday as Sino-US trade tensions escalated, despite news that China would send a delegation to Washington for fresh trade talks, including the country' vice premier, Liu He.
London stocks ended off highs on Friday as the pound enjoyed a late-session rally, but solid quarterly numbers from HSBC, strength in the mining sector and a bumper US jobs report ensured a positive close.
London stocks finished below the waterline on Thursday, spending much of the afternoon on a downward trajectory with weakness in the mining sector offsetting well-received updates from Smith & Nephew, Coca-Cola and Shell, and the Bank of England standing pat on interest rates as expected.
London stocks finished in the red at the close on Wednesday amid low trading volumes, as investors continued to react to results from Sainsbury's, a trading update from Persimmon and the latest reading on the UK manufacturing sector.
London stocks ended in the red on Tuesday, weighed down by weakness in the mining sector and a stronger pound, as investors mulled updates from the likes of StanChart, BP and Whitbread.
London stocks moved higher on Monday, tracking a record close on Wall Street at the end of last week, even as investors mulled a downgrade to UK growth forecasts and eyed more Brexit talks and the resumption of trade discussions between the US and China.
London stocks ended the day a touch lower on Friday as investors weighed up a solid update from advertising giant WPP and some better-than-expected US growth figures against disappointing updates from the likes of RBS and Just Eat.
London stocks fell on Thursday as the latest update from Taylor Wimpey dented the housebuilding sector, while first-quarter numbers from Barclays disappointed and Sainsbury's slumped as the competition watchdog blocked its proposed merger with Asda.
London stocks fell on Wednesday as investors took profits following a solid session the day before which saw the energy sector propel the top-flight index to near seven-month highs.
London equity markets ended in the green on Tuesday, with energy shares pacing the advance as oil prices rallied after the US decided not to renew its Iran sanctions waivers for a spate of crude oil importers, including China and India.
London stocks were a touch weaker on Thursday, with better-than-expected retail sales figures failing to provide a boost as traders were in holiday mode ahead of the long Easter weekend.