London's main index sprang to a near seven-month high on Tuesday as oil majors leapt on the back of tighter U.S. sanctions on Iran and exporters benefited from a weaker pound as Brexit jitters returned.
* Thomas Cook jumps on M&A speculation
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Britain's FTSE 100 retreated slightly on Thursday after downbeat euro zone PMI data and as investors booked profits before the long Easter weekend.
* Ex-dividend trading drags several stocks lower
(There will be no UK stock market report on Friday and Monday
on account of Easter holiday. Reuters will resume coverage on
Tuesday, April 23)
Asia-focused financial stocks, gaining on upbeat data from China, and a weaker sterling thrust London's main index to levels not seen since October, while mid-cap retailer JD Sports hit a record high after a forecast-beating profit.
* Galliford slides on mid-caps
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* IWG Shares jump 20 pct
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* Pets At Home skids after CPPIB sells stake
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Fears of a global economic slowdown and uncertainty over trade policies kept Britain's main share index subdued as miners were tugged lower, but UK-focused stocks rallied after a second Brexit delay as the mid-cap index scaled a six-month high. | Video
* Brexit delay aids financials, housebuilders, airlines
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