U.K. stocks finished higher Thursday, with the FTSE 100 Index /zigman2/quotes/210598409/delayed UK:UKX -1.77% rising 0.35% at 7,541.85.
Among FTSE 100 constituents, life insurance company Prudential PLC /zigman2/quotes/200530572/delayed UK:PRU -3.21% saw the largest increase Thursday, as shares rose 2.98%.
Shares of general mining firm Polymetal International PLC /zigman2/quotes/204469675/delayed UK:POLY -2.50% and non-ferrous metals company Antofagasta PLC /zigman2/quotes/200173667/delayed UK:ANTO 0.00% rallied 2.69% and 2.59%, respectively.
BP PLC /zigman2/quotes/202286639/delayed UK:BP -0.88% , a major oil & gas company, and general mining firm Glencore PLC /zigman2/quotes/201400686/delayed UK:GLEN +1.25% rounded out the top five largest increases as their stocks rose 2.58% and 2.37%, respectively.
JD Sports Fashion PLC /zigman2/quotes/207007202/delayed UK:JD -4.49% , a clothing retail company, saw the largest drop of the FTSE 100 constituents, as shares fell 2.81% on Thursday.
Shares of pharmaceuticals firm Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC /zigman2/quotes/204872832/delayed UK:HIK -2.95% and investment advisors company Legal & General Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/201125471/delayed UK:LGEN -3.54% dropped 2.29% and 2.26%, respectively.
Ocado Group PLC /zigman2/quotes/207225647/delayed UK:OCDO -10.16% , a food retail company, and full-line insurance firm Aviva PLC /zigman2/quotes/210517151/delayed UK:AV -2.83% rounded out the top five largest decreases as their stocks fell 2.26% and 2.03%, respectively.
The pound was down 0.69% against dollar /zigman2/quotes/210561263/realtime/sampled GBPUSD +1.8180% at $1.1966 and 0.03% against the euro at €1.1834.
Brent crude rallied 2.3% to $95.84, and the yield on the 10-year gilt /zigman2/quotes/211347177/realtime BX:TMBMKGB-10Y +3.19% declined 0.996 basis points to 2.311%.