U.K. stocks finished down Wednesday, with the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +1.56% decreasing 0.27% at 7,515.75.
Of the FTSE 100 constituents, residential building construction company Persimmon PLC /zigman2/quotes/206444744/delayed UK:PSN +2.45% saw the largest decrease Wednesday, as shares dropped 7.84%
Shares of software firm Aveva Group PLC and passenger airlines company International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. /zigman2/quotes/208070069/delayed UK:IAG +1.22% fell 5.40% and 4.80%, respectively.
ITV PLC /zigman2/quotes/205378065/delayed UK:ITV +1.76% , a broadcasting company, and life insurance business Prudential PLC /zigman2/quotes/200530572/delayed UK:PRU +5.68% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks shed 4.27% and 3.98%, respectively.
Polymetal International PLC /zigman2/quotes/204469675/delayed UK:POLY -2.56% , a general mining company, saw the largest increase of the FTSE 100 constituents, as shares rose 1.36% on Wednesday.
Shares of wholesalers firm Ferguson PLC /zigman2/quotes/209006722/delayed UK:FERG +1.99% and alcoholic beverages/drinks company Diageo PLC /zigman2/quotes/205611832/delayed UK:DGE +0.84% rose 1.06% and 1.05%, respectively.
BP PLC /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP +2.78% , a major oil & gas company, and tobacco firm British American Tobacco PLC /zigman2/quotes/209116881/delayed UK:BATS +0.51% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rallied 1.03% and 1.00%, respectively.
The pound was down 0.54% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD -0.1044% at $1.2033 and 0.48% against the euro at €1.1836.
Brent crude declined 0.4% to $91.97, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y 0.00% declined 7.537 basis points to 2.289%.