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FTSE 100 fell slightly; U.K. shares higher at market open

Published 23/05/2024, 08:29
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- - U.K. equities started mixed on Thursday, with losses in the Electricity, Gas Water & Multiutilities, Tobacco, and rises in the Construction & Building Materials, and Food & Drug Retailers sectors.

At the market open in London, the FTSE 100 Index fell 0.04%. The FTSE 250 Index and the FTSE 350 Index were mixed, as they tried to assess the markets reaction to the election announcement. The FTSE 250 dropped 0.10%, while the FTSE 350 increased slightly by 0.02%.

Top Gainers:

  • St. James's Place (LON:SJP): Climbed 5.75% or 26.80 points to 492.60
  • Marks & Spencer (LON:MKS): Rose 1.58% or 4.55 points to 292.55
  • Unilever (LON:ULVR): Increased 1.47% or 63.0 points to 4,338.0

Top Losers:

  • Severn Trent (LON:SVT): Declined 4.66% or 123.0 points to 2,516.0
  • United Utilities (LON:UU): Dropped 3.90% or 42.00 points to 1,035.00
  • Whitbread (LON:WTB): Fell 2.09% or 63.7 points to 2,987.3

In Commodities Trading:

  • Gold Futures for June delivery declined 26.15 points to 2,366.75 a troy ounce.
  • Crude Oil for July delivery decreased 0.23 points to 77.34 a barrel.
  • July Brent Oil Contract fell 0.29% or 0.24 to 81.66 a barrel.

Currency Markets:

Main Economic Events:

Today's main economic events in the United Kingdom include the release of PMI data and MPC member Huw Pill's speech, which are expected to provide insights into the country's economic outlook and potential policy changes.

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