– U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Oil Equipment Services & Distribution, Household Goods & Home Construction and Life Insurance/Assurance sectors led shares lower.
At the close in London, the United Kingdom 100 lost 1.84% to hit a new 6-months low.
The best performers of the session on the United Kingdom 100 were Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES), which rose 8.65% or 66.80 points to trade at 839.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Randgold Resources Ltd (LON:RRS) added 8.36% or 440.00 points to end at 5706.00 and Ferguson Plc (LON:FERG) was up 1.79% or 98.00 points to 5567.00 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Barratt Developments PLC (LON:BDEV), which fell 9.31% or 50.08 points to trade at 487.80 at the close. Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LON:HIK) declined 7.87% or 143.00 points to end at 1674.50 and Hargreaves Lansdown PLC (LON:HRGV) was down 5.00% or 97.50 points to 1850.50.
Falling stocks outnumbered advancing ones on the London Stock Exchange by 2023 to 313 and 122 ended unchanged.
Gold Futures for December delivery was up 2.54% or 30.30 to $1223.70 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in November fell 1.98% or 1.45 to hit $71.72 a barrel, while the December Brent oil contract fell 2.12% or 1.76 to trade at $81.33 a barrel.
GBP/USD was up 0.05% to 1.3202, while EUR/GBP rose 0.41% to 0.8769.
The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.37% at 94.87.