Investing.com – U.K. stocks were lower after the close on Thursday, as losses in the Mobile Telecommunications, Tobacco and Household Goods&Home Construction sectors led shares lower.
At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 fell 0.33%.
The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Old Mutual Ltd (LON:OMU), which rose 2.92% or 3.58 points to trade at 126.22 at the close. Meanwhile, Royal Mail PLC (LON:RMG) added 2.67% or 7.90 points to end at 304.00 and Centrica PLC (LON:CNA) was up 2.48% or 3.25 points to 134.40 in late trade.
The worst performers of the session were Vodafone Group PLC (LON:VOD), which fell 3.50% or 5.22 points to trade at 144.04 at the close. Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC (LON:RB) declined 3.30% or 191.00 points to end at 5593.00 and British American Tobacco PLC (LON:BATS) was down 2.30% or 57.00 points to 2425.00.
Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1012 to 1008 and 318 ended unchanged.
Shares in British American Tobacco PLC (LON:BATS) fell to 5-year lows; down 2.30% or 57.00 to 2425.00.
Gold Futures for February delivery was down 0.33% or 4.25 to $1279.75 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in March rose 1.25% or 0.66 to hit $53.28 a barrel, while the March Brent oil contract rose 0.36% or 0.22 to trade at $61.36 a barrel.
GBP/USD was down 0.29% to 1.3029, while EUR/GBP fell 0.25% to 0.8684.
The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.48% at 96.227.