U.K. shares lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.44%

U.K. shares lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.44%

Investing.com  | May 02, 2019 18:15

U.K. shares lower at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 down 0.44%

Investing.com – U.K. equities were lower at the close on Thursday, as losses in the Automobiles & Parts, Oil Equipment Services & Distribution and Industrial Metals & Mining sectors propelled shares lower.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 lost 0.44% to hit a new 1-month low.

The biggest gainers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Intu Properties PLC (LON:INTUP), which rose 9.75% or 8.90 points to trade at 100.20 at the close. Smith & Nephew PLC (LON:SN) added 2.98% or 44.00 points to end at 1519.00 and Royal Dutch Shell PLC B (LON:RDSb) was up 1.89% or 46.00 points to 2475.00 in late trade.

Biggest losers included Paddy Power Betfair PLC (LON:PPB), which lost 5.41% or 366.00 points to trade at 6400.00 in late trade. Micro Focus International PLC (LON:MCRO) declined 4.42% or 81.40 points to end at 1758.20 and Marks and Spencer Group PLC (LON:MKS) shed 4.14% or 12.00 points to 278.10.

Declining stocks outnumbered rising ones by 1318 to 760 and 321 ended unchanged on the London Stock Exchange.

In commodities trading, Gold Futures for June delivery was down 0.96% or 12.35 to $1271.85 a troy ounce. Meanwhile, Crude oil for delivery in June fell 3.65% or 2.32 to hit $61.28 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract fell 2.90% or 2.09 to trade at $70.09 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.19% to 1.3025, while EUR/GBP rose 0.05% to 0.8582.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.16% at 97.562.

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