U.K. stocks climbed Wednesday, as the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -0.64% closed up 0.30% at 7,005.39.
Among FTSE 100 constituents, pharmaceuticals company Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC /zigman2/quotes/204872832/delayed UK:HIK -1.28% saw the largest increase Wednesday, as shares surged 12.05%.
Shares of diversified reits firm Land Securities Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/207145631/delayed UK:LAND -0.32% and industrial/office reits company SEGRO PLC /zigman2/quotes/205428601/delayed UK:SGRO -0.70% rose 6.94% and 5.99%, respectively.
British Land Co. PLC /zigman2/quotes/210491538/delayed UK:BLND +0.35% , a diversified reits company, and clothing business Burberry Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/205386705/delayed UK:BRBY -0.28% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rallied 5.74% and 5.46%, respectively.
M&G PLC /zigman2/quotes/214468176/delayed UK:MNG -0.51% , an investment advisors company, saw the largest drop among FTSE 100 constituents, as shares dropped 6.20% on Wednesday.
Shares of investment advisors firm Legal & General Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/201125471/delayed UK:LGEN -0.65% and full-line insurance company Aviva PLC /zigman2/quotes/210517151/delayed UK:AV -0.48% fell 5.61% and 4.87%, respectively.
Phoenix Group Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/200559235/delayed UK:PHNX -0.75% , a life insurance company, and aerospace products/parts business Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC /zigman2/quotes/203646520/delayed UK:RR -0.12% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks fell 4.58% and 3.65%, respectively.
The pound was up 0.98% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +0.0661% at $1.0839 and was flat against the euro at €1.1188.
Brent crude increased 2.7% to $87.20, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y -1.01% rose 11.291 basis points to 4.005%.