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Energy stocks help steady FTSE 100 after worst week since mid-August

09/13/2021 | 04:15am EDT
FILE PHOTO: Pedestrians leave and enter the London Stock Exchange in London

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window)

* AB Foods slips on downbeat fourth-quarter Primark sales

* Recruiter SThree jumps on strong annual earnings outlook

* FTSE 100 up 0.6%, FTSE 250 adds 0.2%

Sept 13 (Reuters) - London's FTSE 100 ended higher on Monday as gains in energy-linked stocks aided a partial recovery from its worst weekly performance since mid-August, while Associated British Foods slipped on sales at its Primark business.

The blue-chip index climbed 0.6%, after sliding 1.5% last week on concerns of a stalling domestic economic recovery.

Oil majors BP and Royal Dutch Shell each rose nearly 2%, tracking crude prices, while banks were 1.9% higher.

The domestically focused mid-cap FTSE 250 index advanced 0.2%.

Investor focus is now on data releases in Britain and the United States later this week, including jobs and keenly watched inflation and retail sales, for clues on monetary policy actions ahead of central bank meetings next week.

"There appears to be a build up in anxiety that the continued rise in inflationary pressure may well be much more persistent than central bankers would have us believe," Michael Hewson, chief market analyst at CMC Markets UK, said.

"In July both UK and U.S. consumer prices saw a pause as some base effects dropped out of the headline numbers, and while there is some expectation that this might continue in August, this appears to be more of a hope than anything else."

Last week, a Reuters poll forecast that the Bank of England will raise borrowing costs by end-2022, earlier than previously thought, and it could come even sooner.

Among individual stock moves, Associated British Foods fell 2.4% after fourth-quarter sales at its Primark fashion business were lower than expected.

Recruiter SThree rose 3.8% after forecasting annual earnings "significantly above" estimates.

Transport company FirstGroup jumped 3.2% after saying its First bus passenger volumes reached 65% of pre-pandemic levels on average in recent weeks.

Martin Sorrell's S4 Capital fell 3.8% despite the advertising group lifting its annual gross profit guidance, driven by strong demand from global tech platforms. (Reporting by Devik Jain and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta and Alexander Smith)


ę Reuters 2021
Stocks mentioned in the article
ChangeLast1st jan.
ASSOCIATED BRITISH FOODS PLC 0.78% 1818 Delayed Quote.-20.32%
AVIVA PLC 0.65% 399.7 Delayed Quote.22.39%
BP PLC 1.65% 363.6 Delayed Quote.40.38%
FIRSTGROUP PLC 1.70% 92.6 Delayed Quote.23.04%
NATIONAL GRID PLC -0.47% 897.2 Delayed Quote.4.21%
S4 CAPITAL PLC -1.03% 770 Delayed Quote.55.60%
STHREE PLC -0.68% 585 Delayed Quote.97.65%
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