Stocks in London drifted through Brexit-eve day to a positive bias as investors displayed caution ahead of Prime Minister Theresa triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty on Wednesday.
Equities in London closed the day much lower with investors selling resources stocks and heading for gold on doubts about whether US President Donald Trump will be able to deliver on his healthcare and fiscal stimulus promises.
Equities in London spent most of the session adrift with a slightly negative bias ahead of the US congressional vote on President Donald Trump's Healthcare Bill, with little in the way of domestic corporate or economic news to provide firm direction.
Equities in London rose to a positive close with the FTSE 100 enjoying a rise after UK retail sales for February came in stronger than expected and helped both clothes-related retailers and sterling higher.
Equities in London spent the session drifting sideways even as Prime Minister Theresa May set 29 March as the day she would trigger Article 50 to begin Brexit talks to bid farewell to the EU.
Stocks in London spent Friday locked in sideways trade to finish marginally higher, relaxing at the end of a week studded with volatility and caution linked to interest rates, Brexit and Netherlands' elections.
Shares in London clung to minor gains throughout Wednesday with traders around the globe expectantly waiting for the US Federal Reserve to issue an interest-rate lift at 18:00 GMT.
Stocks in London ended Friday higher with BP gaining on bid speculation and BT Group surging after it reached an Opeanreach solution with regulator Ofcom.
Stocks in London ended Thursday lower with the shares of mining and oil heavyweights taking a beating as commodity prices headed south, and as European Central Bank (ECB) stood pat on its key interest rate as expected.
Oil prices in the US fell below $50 for the first time since December as aggressive selling continued on Thursday following data that showed crude stockpiles climbing for a ninth consecutive month to their highest since 1982.
Stocks in London ended Wednesday on a mixed note following a no-real-surprises Spring Budget from UK Chancellor Philip Hammond, with traders now looking ahead to the US Federal Reserve next week and European Central Bank tomorrow.
London shares closed lower on Thursday with banks leading the drop in blue-chip stocks in a session overflowing with mostly well-received corporate news.
London stocks closed mixed after a Friday session that saw blue-chip consumer goods giant Unilever fly higher after it slapped away a $143bn offer from Kraft Heinz, which has indicated it will return to the table.
AstraZeneca: Jefferies reiterates Buy with a target price of 5250p.
London equities limped to a lower close Thursday, pulled down by a trinity of factors including dollar weakness, a tendency to safe-haven gold and ex-dividend stocks.
FTSE 100 is higher on Friday afternoon thanks to a string of mining behemoths led by Rio Tinto congregating atop the risers' list, albeit offset by a motley group of fallers led by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.
Shares Rio Tinto are up more than 3% after the mining giant confirmed the appointment of three oil- and energy-sector heavyweights to the boards of London-quoted Rio Tinto Plc and Australia-listed Rio Tinto Ltd.
Northgate: Barclays reiterates Neutral with a target price of 600p.
SSE: Barclays reiterates overweight with a target price of 1695p.
Royal Dutch Shell has struck a pair of deal to sell assets in the North Sea and offshore Thailand for a total of $4.7bn.