U.K. stocks higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 0.87%

15/05/2019 17:15:00 Stock Market

U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Wednesday, as gains in the Electronic&Electrical Equipment, Media and Beverage sectors led shares higher.

At the close in London, the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 gained 0.87%.

The best performers of the session on the Investing.com United Kingdom 100 were Compass Group PLC (LON:CPG), which rose 2.89% or 50.00 points to trade at 1778.50 at the close. Meanwhile, DCC plc (LON:DCC) added 2.47% or 166.0 points to end at 6886.0 and Micro Focus International PLC (LON:MCRO) was up 2.11% or 37.80 points to 1828.40 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG), which fell 6.48% or 31.20 points to trade at 450.00 at the close. Kingfisher PLC (LON:KGF) declined 3.64% or 8.80 points to end at 233.00 and SSE PLC (LON:SSE) was down 2.52% or 28.00 points to 1083.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1125 to 945 and 317 ended unchanged.

Shares in Provident Financial PLC (LON:PFG) fell to 52-week lows; losing 6.48% or 31.20 to 450.00.

Gold Futures for June delivery was up 0.16% or 2.05 to $1298.35 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in June rose 0.37% or 0.23 to hit $62.01 a barrel, while the July Brent oil contract rose 0.84% or 0.60 to trade at $71.84 a barrel.

GBP/USD was down 0.34% to 1.2859, while EUR/GBP rose 0.36% to 0.8716.

The US Dollar Index Futures was up 0.02% at 97.345.