U.K. stocks finished higher Friday, with the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX +0.22% growing 0.11% at 7,550.37.
Of the FTSE 100 constituents, nondurable household products company Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/206856088/delayed UK:RKT -0.84% saw the largest increase Friday, as shares rose 2.46%.
Shares of biotechnology firm AstraZeneca PLC /zigman2/quotes/203048482/delayed UK:AZN -1.39% and software company Avast PLC rallied 2.14% and 1.69%, respectively.
Unilever PLC /zigman2/quotes/205449809/delayed UK:ULVR -2.33% , a food products company, and pharmaceuticals company GSK PLC /zigman2/quotes/200381158/delayed UK:GSK +1.06% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rallied 1.68% and 1.65%, respectively.
International Consolidated Airlines Group S.A. /zigman2/quotes/208070069/delayed UK:IAG -1.07% , a passenger airlines company, saw the largest decline among FTSE 100 constituents, as shares shed 5.11% on Friday.
Shares of residential building construction firm Persimmon PLC /zigman2/quotes/206444744/delayed UK:PSN +3.19% and gambling industries company Entain PLC /zigman2/quotes/207493593/delayed UK:ENT +0.60% declined 4.08% and 3.86%, respectively.
SEGRO PLC /zigman2/quotes/205428601/delayed UK:SGRO +0.48% , an industrial/office reits company, and non-ferrous metals business Antofagasta PLC /zigman2/quotes/200173667/delayed UK:ANTO +1.39% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks dropped 3.60% and 3.33%, respectively.
The pound was down 1.02% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +0.0265% at $1.1809 and 0.53% against the euro at €1.1764.
Brent crude rose 1.2% to $97.74, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -4.58% fell 3.999 basis points to 2.416%.