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London stocks sneaked into the green by the close on Friday, as investors digested news that public sector net borrowing in the UK rose sharply in June and continued to react to Fed developments stateside overnight.
London stocks finished a tad lower on Thursday amid ongoing worries about Sino-US trade relations, while sterling moved higher after the European Union's chief trade negotiator, Michel Barnier, told the BBC he was open to alternative solutions for the Irish border.
London stocks were lower on Wednesday amid renewed concerns about Sino-US trade relations.
London stocks had pushed into the green by the end of trading on Tuesday, as sterling slumped on Brexit woes, despite the release of solid UK jobs data.
London stocks ticked higher on Monday as investors mulled mixed Chinese economic data and the start of the US second quarter earnings season as banking giant delivered a solid score card for the three months to June.
London's top-flight index was dragged lower by continued strength in Sterling at the end of the week, albeit only marginally, amid building expectations for rate cut across the Pond, even as Wall Street's main market gauges nudged higher into record territory.
London listed shares turned in another mixed session on Thursday with the the Footsie weighed down by pound strength and amid increasing 'market chatter' around the possibility of a 'no deal' Brexit.
London stocks finished the session little changed despite the head of the US central bank opening the door to interest rate cuts, as his remarks put a bid into Sterling.
Weakness in Sterling helped to cushion the blow to London stocks from the worst retail sales data on record even as investors waited on a potentially key speech from the head of the US Federal Reserve scheduled for the next day.
London stocks dipped on Monday as investors continued to mull last week's better-than-expected non-farm payrolls report and looked ahead to some key events later in the week.
London stocks finished Friday’s session in the red, as investors digested better-than-expected US non-farm payrolls data, with miners and housebuilders under pressure.
London stocks were little changed on Thursday with what traders were left in the market opting to sit on their hands on account of the 4 July holiday in the States and ahead of the monthly US jobs report due out the next day which might heavily influence near-term expectations for the Federal Reserve.
London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, with a weaker pound lending support even as investors mulled a trio of dismal UK PMIs.
London stocks extended their gains on Tuesday as the pound fell after Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, told an audience that "a global trade war and a No Deal Brexit remain growing possibilities not certainties" and a key survey of construction sector conditions undershot market forecasts.
London's top flight index extended its recent gains on Monday as the pound was hit by weak manufacturing data and sentiment was boosted by the Sino-US trade truce reached over the weekend.
London stocks had turned green by the close on Thursday, as investors kept their breath held ahead of the G20 meeting in Japan, where Donald Trump and Xi Jinping were set to meet.
London stocks dipped on Thursday as nerves crept in ahead of the G20 meeting scheduled for over the weekend and as a raft of companies wen ex-dividend.
London stocks were little changed by the end of the trading session as investors sifted through the latest reports around Sino-US trade talks against a backdrop of slightly less dovish signals from the Federal Reserve.
London stocks finished the session little changed on Tuesday as investors shunned risky assets amid rising geopolitical tensions and as they waited on the upcoming G-20 leaders summit in Japan, where the US and Chinese Presidents were scheduled to meet again to talk trade.
London stocks were little changed on Monday amid lingering tensions between the US and Iran, and as investors eyed this week's G20 meeting.