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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".
London stocks fell on Thursday, after two top US central bank officials poured cold water on expectations for further policy easing.
London stocks finished higher on Wednesday, helped by a weaker pound as investors eyed minutes from the US Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting which were due out later in the day.
London's FTSE 100 was up 1. 1% at 7,206. 07 in afternoon trade on Wednesday as sterling fell on Brexit concerns ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
London stocks finished on Tuesday as sterling snapped higher after the German Chancellor said that the European Union would have to think about "practical solutions" for the Irish Backstop question.
London stocks finished higher on Monday, underpinned by hopes of further stimulus from central banks.
London stocks managed to keep their heads above water for the close on Friday, bouncing back from heavy losses in the previous session, but underperforming their European peers somewhat as sterling ticked higher.
London stocks finished firmly in the red again on Thursday amid ongoing Sino-US trade frictions and as sterling was boosted by better-than-expected retail sales data.
London stocks finished sharply lower on Wednesday as the latest inflation data boosted the pound, even as weak economic data released in China and Germany pointed to slower growth ahead and a top US official reportedly downplayed talk of a thaw in US-China trade relations.
London stocks reversed early loses as investors after the US administration dialed back on some of its trade tariff threats against Chinese goods and digested the latest batch of UK jobs data showing wage growth rising at its fastest clip since 2008.
London stocks finished lower on Monday with investor sentiment was dented by reports that Hong Kong airport had cancelled all flights after thousands of anti-government demonstrators descended on the building.
London stocks finished in the red at the close on Friday, with the pound remaining under pressure after it emerged that the UK economy contracted in the second quarter for the first time since 2012.
London equity markets finished higher with sentiment buoyed by a surprise jump in Chinese exports, but the FTSE 100 underperformed its European peers as a host of stocks went ex-dividend.
London stocks reversed course to trade higher following reports that the next round of US-China trade negotiations scheduled for September was likely proceed as planned, but market sentiment continued to be frail.
London stocks finished lower on Tuesday with investors treading cautiously even after China moved to stabilise its currency, the yuan, possibly amid worries that the White House might still ratchet up the pressure on Beijing even futher in response to that weakness in the yuan.
London stocks finished sharply lower on Monday amid escalating Sino-US trade tensions and speculation that the Prime Minister might be plotting calling snap elections after his majority in the House of Commons was cut to just one seat following a by-election in Brecon and Radnorshire.