U.K. stocks higher at close of trade; Investing.com United Kingdom 100 up 0.79%

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Investing.com – U.K. stocks were higher after the close on Thursday, as gains in the , and sectors led shares higher.

At the close in London, the added 0.79%.

The best performers of the session on the were Capita PLC (LON:), which rose 4.93% or 7.95 points to trade at 169.10 at the close. Meanwhile, AstraZeneca PLC (LON:) added 3.50% or 184.00 points to end at 5434.00 and SKY PLC (LON:) was up 3.41% or 51.00 points to 1545.00 in late trade.

The worst performers of the session were Intu Properties PLC (LON:), which fell 3.60% or 6.65 points to trade at 178.00 at the close. BT Group PLC (LON:) declined 1.84% or 4.20 points to end at 223.65 and Travis Perkins PLC (LON:) was down 1.07% or 15.00 points to 1387.00.

Rising stocks outnumbered declining ones on the London Stock Exchange by 1155 to 774 and 336 ended unchanged.

Shares in Intu Properties PLC (LON:) fell to 5-year lows; falling 3.60% or 6.65 to 178.00. Shares in SKY PLC (LON:) rose to 5-year highs; up 3.41% or 51.00 to 1545.00.

Gold Futures for August delivery was up 0.23% or 2.90 to $1247.30 a troy ounce. Elsewhere in commodities trading, Crude oil for delivery in August fell 1.36% or 0.96 to hit $69.42 a barrel, while the September Brent oil contract fell 0.12% or 0.09 to trade at $73.31 a barrel.

GBP/USD was up 0.17% to 1.3228, while EUR/GBP fell 0.07% to 0.8835.

The US Dollar Index Futures was down 0.01% at 94.47.

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