Investing.com – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Friday, as gains in the Oil Equipment Services&Distribution, Tobacco and Forestry&Paper sectors led shares higher.
At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 gained 0.47%.
The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were WPP PLC (LON:WPP), which rose 4.89% or 40.40 points to trade at 866.20 at the close. Meanwhile, Mediclinic International PLC (LON:MDCM) added 4.37% or 13.90 points to end at 331.80 and London Stock Exchange Group PLC (LON:LSE) was up 4.17% or 188.00 points to 4695.00 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Relx PLC (LON:REL), which fell 6.85% or 118.50 points to trade at 1610.50 at the close. Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC (LON:RR) declined 5.24% or 50.00 points to end at 905.00 and Fresnillo PLC (LON:FRES) was down 4.19% or 36.00 points to 824.00.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1343 to 744 and 351 ended unchanged.
Gold Futures for April delivery was down 1.20% or 15.75 to $1300.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in April fell 2.29% or 1.31 to hit $55.91 a barrel, while the May Brent oil contract fell 2.08% or 1.38 to trade at $64.93 a barrel.
GBP/USD was down 0.39% to 1.3209, while EUR/GBP rose 0.39% to 0.8605.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.33% at 96.363.