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Big chip stocks finished the session and the weekly a tad lower as trading on Wall Street got off to a slightly volatile start, while the more domestic oriented shares on London's second-tier index managed to put in modest gains despite the mixed messages about the progress being made in Brexit negotiations.
London stocks made small gains on Thursday as the Bank of England stood pat on interest rates and the US Federal Reserve cut them further.
London stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors mulled UK inflation data while they waited for the latest policy announcement from the US Federal Reserve.
London stocks finished Tuesday's session much as they had started it and with investors cautious amid the ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East, even as they monitored the day's proceedings at the UK Supreme Court and prepared for a key policy decision by the Federal Reserve.
London stocks finished lower on Monday following an attack on key Saudi Arabian oil installations at the weekend that cut the Kingdom's crude oil output by half, dealing a blow to the previous week's incipient recovery in risk appetite in financial markets on the back of an apparent easing in US-China trade tensions.
London equity markets continued to push higher, even as investors pushed sterling to its best level since late July amid speculation that a deal between Westminster and Brussels could be in the works, with lenders' shares pacing gains as the UK government bond yield curve disinverted.
London stocks underperformed despite another round of monetary stimulus from the European Central Bank - albeit accompanied this time by a very explicit call for fiscal stimulus in the euro area - and apparent signs that trade tensions between the US and China were easing.
London stocks extended their gains on Wednesday, outperforming their peers on the Continent as worries about Sino-US trade relations eased further and with deal news providing an additional boost.
London stocks reversed early losses to finish higher thanks to a strong showing from the banking sector, even as investors digested weak Chinese data and a mixed reading on the UK labour market.
London stocks finished lower on Monday as sterling got a lift from better-than-expected growth figures and Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would "overwhelmingly" prefer a Brexit deal with the EU.
London stocks ended a little higher on Friday as investors mulled over the US jobs report and the latest goings-on in Westminster.
London stocks underperformed their European counterparts on Thursday, weighed down by a stronger pound as the risk of a no-deal Brexit receded.
London stocks rose on Wednesday, with Asia-focused Prudential and Standard Chartered lending support as worries about unrest in Hong Kong receded, while sterling rallied amid hopes that a no-deal Brexit can be avoided.
London stocks dipped on Tuesday even as the pound continued to languish near its post-referendum lows ahead of a key vote scheduled for later in the session in Parliament to try and force the government to ensure that it would not risk a 'no deal' Brexit.
London stocks racked up strong gains on Monday as sterling slumped amid growing speculation about a general election and following the release of weak manufacturing data.
London stocks finished higher on Friday amid optimism that trade relations between the US and China are improving.
London stocks finished firmly in the green on Thursday amid at least a lull in trade tensions between the US and China and end of month window dressing by fund managers.
London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, outperforming European peers as sterling slumped on news that Parliament would be prorogued for almost five weeks instead of the more typical one week, raising the odds of a 'no deal' Brexit, although it was still not seen as the most likely scenario by analysts, even if only by a scant margin.
London stocks finished in the red on Tuesday as sterling gained ground and an early advance on Wall Street appeared to fizzle out.
London stocks gave up their weekly gains on Friday after China retaliated against the latest round of trade tariffs from Washington and the US President warned that he would respond to Beijing latest move "shortly".