Reuters | Jul 14, 2020 18:50
By Shashank Nayar and Ambar Warrick
(Reuters) - British mid-cap stocks ended lower on Tuesday as fears of fresh coronavirus-driven lockdowns overshadowed a fledgling economic recovery, while resource stocks supported the bluechip index.
The blue-chip FTSE 100 (FTSE) ended largely unchanged, but well above session lows. Energy and mining stocks were the best performers on the index for the day, helped by weakness in the pound
Still, most other bluechip sectors ended lower as new coronavirus restrictions in California pressured technology stocks.
Online supermarket and technology group Ocado (L:OCDO) slipped 2.2% despite reporting a 27.2% jump in first-half retail sales.
Speculation over a second wave of British coronavirus infections next winter rattled investors hoping for a quick economic recovery from the pandemic.
Local stocks have rallied from March lows amid slightly improving economic readings, while the government's scaling back of virus-related curbs also looked to help a recovery.
Still, markets remain wary of a surge in COVID-19 cases after the reopening, as seen in the United States and other major economies.
"With the UK being in the early stages of reopening up the economy, there is a fear among investors that if a threshold is exceeded, coronavirus cases might spike," said David Madden, analyst at CMC Markets.
Data on Tuesday showed UK gross domestic product rose 1.8% in May after slumping by a record 20.3% in April. But consumer spending remains far below normal levels and economists are cautious about the longevity of any recovery.
Written By: Reuters
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