(Reuters) - London’s FTSE 100 overcame early losses to close higher on Tuesday as hopes of imminent interest rate cuts from major central banks buoyed sentiment, while JD Sports jumped to an all-time high on upbeat results.
In a sign of ongoing rotation, investors dumped defensive shares and bought stocks of sectors that have underperformed this year, helping an index of banks .FTNMX8350 climb 2.4% for its best day since January.
UK markets also looked past disappointing data from China overnight that had added to fears of a global recession.
Speculation that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates this week and that the U.S. Federal Reserve will follow suit later this month in the face of slowing economic growth helped stoke some risk appetite.
“Seeing as the ECB are tipped to go down the path of an interest rate cut, stocks are likely to be buoyant between now and the announcement,” CMC Markets analyst David Madden said.
Oil heavyweights Shell (RDSa.L) and BP (BP.L) were the biggest boosts to the main index as they tracked a rise in crude prices on hopes that OPEC and other oil-producing countries may agree to extend output cuts to prop up prices.
Bovis, whose shares dropped 3.5%, nudged up its proposed offer and included a cash element, which Markets.com analyst Neil Wilson said would be “a welcome injection for the newly reorganised Galliford construction division.”
Among small-caps, online gambling firm 888 Holdings (888.L) slumped 8.6%, its worst day in almost a year, after results showed a hit to earnings from a rise in online gaming taxes and administrative expenses due to Brexit preparations.
Reporting by Muvija M in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur and Dan Grebler