U.K. stocks fell Thursday, as the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.27% finished down 0.55% at 7,465.91.
Of the FTSE 100 constituents, pharmaceuticals company GSK PLC /zigman2/quotes/200381158/delayed UK:GSK +0.90% saw the largest decline Thursday, as shares plunged 10.06%
Shares of technical services firm Spirax-Sarco Engineering PLC /zigman2/quotes/204599422/delayed UK:SPX +0.40% and pharmaceuticals company Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC /zigman2/quotes/204872832/delayed UK:HIK +1.03% dropped 2.88% and 2.86%, respectively.
B&M European Value Retail S.A. /zigman2/quotes/208742159/delayed UK:BME -0.12% , a mixed retailing company, and diversified reits business Land Securities Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/207145631/delayed UK:LAND +0.03% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks fell 2.85% and 2.23%, respectively.
Entain PLC /zigman2/quotes/207493593/delayed UK:ENT -0.14% , a gambling industries company, saw the largest increase among FTSE 100 constituents, as shares rallied 3.74% on Thursday.
Shares of non-alcoholic beverages/drinks firm Coca-Cola HBC AG /zigman2/quotes/200383650/delayed UK:CCH +0.29% and software company Aveva Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/202038414/delayed UK:AVV +0.25% rallied 3.33% and 3.24%, respectively.
Shell PLC /zigman2/quotes/206428183/delayed UK:SHEL +1.05% , a major oil & gas company, and major oil & gas firm BP PLC /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP +0.99% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rallied 3.00% and 2.69%, respectively.
The pound was up 0.08% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD -0.0165% at $1.2229 and was down 0.25% against the euro at €1.1831.
Brent crude increased 1.2% to $98.59, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y 0.00% declined 5.334 basis points to 2.060%.