Investing.com – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Oil Equipment Services&Distribution, Oil&Gas Producers and General Retailers sectors led shares higher.
At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 added 0.21%.
The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Next PLC (LON:NXT), which rose 4.66% or 186.00 points to trade at 4177.00 at the close. Meanwhile, Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES) added 3.26% or 28.00 points to end at 888.00 and Paddy Power Betfair PLC (LON:PPB) was up 2.81% or 180.00 points to 6580.00 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Glencore PLC (LON:GLEN), which fell 3.04% or 8.85 points to trade at 282.50 at the close. Intu Properties PLC (LON:INTUP) declined 2.95% or 3.35 points to end at 110.05 and Johnson Matthey PLC (LON:JMAT) was down 2.71% or 76.00 points to 2723.00.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1104 to 932 and 297 ended unchanged.
Shares in Intu Properties PLC (LON:INTUP) fell to all time lows; down 2.95% or 3.35 to 110.05.
Gold Futures for February delivery was up 0.54% or 6.90 to $1288.20 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in February rose 4.58% or 2.08 to hit $47.49 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 4.22% or 2.27 to trade at $56.07 a barrel.
GBP/USD was down 1.19% to 1.2599, while EUR/GBP rose 0.24% to 0.9010.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.67% at 96.373.