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Resource stocks lead the gains in London, while some hospitality names gain on prospects of COVID aid

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By Barbara Kollmeyer

London stocks rebounded from what was the worst session since the emergence of the omicron variant last month, driven by gains for resource stocks and some help from hospitality names after the U.K. government announced an aid plan.

The FTSE 100 /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +1.19% rose 1% to 7,276, following a near 1% drop on Monday, which was in step with a global market selloff. The pound /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD -0.0240% rose 0.1% against the dollar at $1.3235.

Shares of Wagamama owner The Restaurant Group /zigman2/quotes/207518837/delayed UK:RTN +3.50% surged 5%, while pub chain J D Wetherspoon /zigman2/quotes/209658419/delayed UK:JDW +2.09% climbed 2.9%, while brewer Mitchells & Butlers /zigman2/quotes/209008939/delayed UK:MAB -1.57% rose 2%.

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Those gains came after the U.K. offered grants worth 1 billion pounds ($1.3 billion) to help the hospitality industry confront the omicron variant of COVID-19. Local governments will get an extra 100 million pounds to support businesses.

While COVID-19 cases in the U.K. and elsewhere, markets were driven by some optimism after the administration of President Joe Biden announced measures to combat the virus, such as 500 million free rapid tests to be distributed to Americans.

Resource stocks rose on a reversal of Monday’s losses, with a 2% gain in U.S. /zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed CL00 +0.06% and Brent oil prices driving up energy names, such as heavily weighted BP /zigman2/quotes/207305210/composite BP +0.81% /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP +1.09% and Royal Dutch Shell by more than 2% each.

Mining stocks also helped prop up the main index, with shares of Glencore /zigman2/quotes/201400686/delayed UK:GLEN -0.12% and Rio Tinto /zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite RIO +2.37% /zigman2/quotes/208934945/delayed UK:RIO +1.91% up more than 3% each.

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UK : FTSE UK
7,389.98
+87.24 +1.19%
Volume: 722,321
May 20, 2022 4:56p
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/zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled
US : Tullett Prebon
1.2489
-0.0003 -0.0240%
Volume: 0.0000
May 20, 2022 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/207518837/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
53.20 p
+1.80 +3.50%
Volume: 1.52M
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£406.66 million
Rev. per Employee
£39,233
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/zigman2/quotes/209658419/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
708.50 p
+14.50 +2.09%
Volume: 171,178
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
0.00%
Market Cap
£899.15 million
Rev. per Employee
£29,440
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/zigman2/quotes/209008939/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
200.00 p
-3.20 -1.57%
Volume: 595,096
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
N/A
Market Cap
£1.19 billion
Rev. per Employee
£24,565
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/zigman2/quotes/209723049/delayed
US : U.S.: Nymex
$ 110.35
+0.07 +0.06%
Volume: 219,146
May 20, 2022 4:59p
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/zigman2/quotes/207305210/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 31.28
+0.25 +0.81%
Volume: 12.70M
May 20, 2022 4:00p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
4.13%
Market Cap
$100.43 billion
Rev. per Employee
$2.62M
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/zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
417.20 p
+4.50 +1.09%
Volume: 32.73M
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
N/A
Dividend Yield
4.20%
Market Cap
£80.56 billion
Rev. per Employee
£1.74M
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/zigman2/quotes/201400686/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
497.35 p
-0.60 -0.12%
Volume: 28.94M
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
18.26
Dividend Yield
4.19%
Market Cap
£64.92 billion
Rev. per Employee
£1.09M
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/zigman2/quotes/202627887/composite
US : U.S.: NYSE
$ 69.54
+1.61 +2.37%
Volume: 3.18M
May 20, 2022 4:00p
P/E Ratio
5.35
Dividend Yield
11.39%
Market Cap
$113.05 billion
Rev. per Employee
$1.29M
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/zigman2/quotes/208934945/delayed
UK : U.K.: London
5,449.00 p
+102.00 +1.91%
Volume: 2.34M
May 20, 2022 4:35p
P/E Ratio
5.80
Dividend Yield
13.04%
Market Cap
£90.68 billion
Rev. per Employee
£935,616
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