Britain's FTSE 100 followed other major stock markets lower on Thursday as initial batches of corporate earnings jangled nerves over global growth, while losses for London's mid-cap index were capped by a buyout of pub operator Ei Group.
The FTSE 100 index tumbled on Wednesday amid sharp falls in oil majors as investors priced in an overnight slide in crude to one-week lows, while downbeat trading updates knocked chemicals group Johnson Matthey and miner Fresnillo.
London's FTSE 100 clawed back some ground on Monday, ending its longest losing streak in three-and-a-half years as Chinese data eased investor concerns over a global growth slowdown.
London's FTSE 100 saw its seventh day in the red on Friday, its longest losing streak since 2015, led lower by losses in pharmaceuticals after the U.S. White House scrapped a rebate rule, while the midcap bourse jumped on prospects of lower interest rates.
Insurer Hiscox on Friday warned that rising potential claims from last year's typhoon Jebi in Japan and hurricane Michael in Florida would hurt first-half underwriting profit, sending its shares almost 6% down.
London's main index skidded for the sixth straight session on Thursday as investors sold off healthcare stocks after Washington withdrew a rebate rule aimed at lowering drug prices, and a Fed-fuelled rally fizzled out.
London's FTSE 100 suffered a fourth day in the red, its longest losing streak since January, with exporter stocks taking a hit from a weaker dollar as U.S. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell's comments boosted hopes for an interest rate cut.
Britain's mid-cap index fell for the third straight session on Tuesday amid a deteriorating economic outlook and Brexit tensions, while online grocer Ocado jumped on the FTSE 100 after confirmed its annual forecast.
London's FTSE 100 ended in the red on Monday as markets remained subdued on dampened hopes of a hefty rate cut by the U.S. central bank, while tobacco stocks jumped on Imperial Brands' buyback and dividend revision plans.
LONDON Trading in Neil Woodford's 3.7 billion pound Equity Income Fund may not be reopened swiftly after it was suspended on June 3 because of the illiquid assets it holds.