LONDON MARKETS: U.K. Stocks Regain Luster As Miners, EasyJet Climb
By Sara Sjolin, MarketWatch
Pound drops to 3-week low against dollar
U.K. stocks marched higher on Thursday, a day after narrowly breaking a five-session winning run, as miners advanced on the back of a rally for all major metals.
The FTSE 100 index rose 0.3% to 7,486.66, setting it on track for its sixth win in seven days. The benchmark on Wednesday slipped 0.01% (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/uk-stocks-waver-as-investors-nervously-wait-for-services-pmi-2017-10-04) after a mixed reading on the country's services sector capped off a disappointing round of figures for purchasing managers indexes.
There were no major on deck from the U.K. on Thursday.
"U.K. stocks have held their ground despite a rather shambolic party conference speech from Prime Minister Theresa May," said Jasper Lawler, head of research at London Capital Group, in a note.
"We think the spurts of coughing, a collapsing sign and prankster are emblematic of her future. The odds she can hold on until the end of Brexit talks and provide enough stability for markets have been cut by that performance," he added.
May on Wednesday delivered a closely watched speech at the Conservative Party's annual conference, but the speech did not exactly go according to plan (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/uk-leader-theresa-mays-slogan-literally-fell-apart-during-her-disastrous-speech-2017-10-04).