Interest rate sensitive real estate and construction paced gains on the stock market on Thursday as many analysts speculated that the Bank of England might be at or near its rate hiking cycle.
Miners were again the main drag on the stock market on a mixed day for industrial metals' prices as traders waited on the Federal Reserve's interest rate decision and policy guidance on Wednesday evening.
Miners dragged on London stocks despite the release of Chinese Purchasing Managers' Indices that revealed a big rebound in factory and services activity.
Cyclicals did best on Wednesday following the release of US fourth quarter gross domestic product data that many economists said kept hopes for a 'soft landing' in the US alive.
Airline stocks paced gains among cyclicals in a mixed day for the stock market on the back of ongoing optimism around the continuing recovery in demand after the pandemic.
Automobiles paced losses on the stock market in the middle of the week after TI Fluid Systems warned that its fourth quarter revenues took a hit from Covid restrictions and a switch to electric vehicles in China.
Defensives figured prominently on the leaderboard on a down day for the stock market as Sterling continued to show staying power.
Big Pharma and Banks paced gains in the stock market at the end of the week with investors apparently opting to go global, pushing the FTSE 100 nearer to its record highs in the process.
Cyclicals paced gains in the stock market as UK stocks outperformed again and the top-flight index pushed nearer its five-year highs around 7,900 points.
Industrial metals miners' shares lent their heft to the upside move in the stock market at the start of the week, amid ongoing optimism around China's push to reopen its economy and against the backdrop of further slippage in the Greenback.
Lenders drove gains again with Asia-focused StanChart and HSBC spearheading an advance that saw UK stocks extend their outperformance versus their European and US peers.
Banks and Life Insurance shares lent their heft to Tuesday's somewhat atypical advance in the stock market, in so far as UK and European indices outperformed their peers on Wall Street by a wide margin.
Big Oil lent its weight to an upside move for the FTSE 350 as the benchmark rebounded from the downdraft registered during the previous week - although some analysts in the City remained wary.
Central banks' tightening moves were front and centre again on Tuesday, as the Bank of Japan caught traders on the hop with changes to its policy settings, boosting miners in the process, although the FTSE 350 was little changed overall.
Stocks on the FTSE 350 were flattish on Thursday, surrendering earlier gains as Sterling jumped further following a speech from US Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell.
Financials and Miners paced gains in the stock market on Tuesday following news that authorities in China wanted to strengthen vaccination rates among those over 80.
The final week of November got off to a soft start with the FTSE 350 dragged lower by Autos&Parts and Homebuilders' shares.
Oil&Gas paced gains on the FTSE 350 at the end of the week, alongside Big Tobacco, amid subdued trading across Europe as well as on the other side of the Pond.
Cyclicals including Travel and Leisure, as well as consumer staples, paced gains on the FTSE 350 in relatively flattish to mixed trading given the absence of many traders from their desks due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the US.
Oil and Gas shares paced gains on the FSTE 350 on Tuesday, helping the broader UK stock market to outperform its peers.