Miners and industrial metals names paced gains at the start of the week, boosted by a slate of solid economic data out China referencing the month of June.
In his semiannual Monetary Report to the House Financial Services committee, Jerome Powell outlined how weak economic growth overseas and uncertainty around trade might negatively impact the US even as inflationary pressures were limited.
Defensive and cyclical issues competed for the top rungs of the sector leaderboard at the start of the week, as investors returned from the long weekend in the States and debated the outlook for near-term easing by the US central bank and hence for stocks.
Miners were pummelled at the end of the week as the US dollar snapped higher on the back of an unexpectedly strong reading on the US jobs market for June, which in turn pushed commodity prices lower.
The more cyclical segments of the market paced gains on Thursday, with investor sentiment helped by the record highs notched up by Wall Street's main market gauges in the previous session and hopes for easier central bank policies going forwards.
Grocers and General Retailers paced losses at the start of the week amid negative read-across from corporate transactions elsewhere in their respective sectors.
Defensive issues and some of the last few years' best performers were at the bottom of the pile at the end of the week as stocks on the other side of the Pond debated the staying power of recent gains on Wall Street.
Cyclicals jumped higher after the US President said he had a "very good" telephone conversation with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping and that they would indeed meet during the -20 leaders' summit in Fukuoka, Japan, on 28-29 June.
Companies in the oil patch were unwanted on Wednesday, after US government data showed an unexpected rise in the country's oil inventories and trade uncertainty weighed on the entire complex.
Defensive issues led the way higher on Thursday despite it being an up day for FTSE 350 stocks, possibly denoting underlying caution on the part of investors.
Oil equipment stocks were unwanted, as a spate of reports in China's state-controlled press said the country's government might restrict the supply of rare earths to foreign users.
Defensives paced declines in the stock market on Tuesday even as equities slipped, albeit after having traded higher throughout most of the session.
On the last day of trading before the long Easter weekend, investors hunting for golden eggs found two in the personal goods sector, while the oil services sector was stunk out by one rotten egg.
London markets were lifted by a real mix of sectors on Tuesday as various European markets notched up fresh six-month highs.
Markets were mixed on Monday with miners in the mire but mobile telecoms marching higher.
Oil stocks retreated to drag the London equity indices under the waterline on Tuesday, while defensive sectors such as health care, life insurance and telecoms provided a little buoyancy.
Oil stocks led the way on Monday, but London equity markets were largely flattened off by other factors.